Monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency.
Cases are reportedly on the rise across the United States with the first case identified in the U.S. being in May. Nearly 7,000 cases of probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the country.
Our newsroom asked Dr. John Love, Infectious Disease Specialist with the Butler Health System about transmission.
Love said, “The transmission of Monkeypox is typically direct contact with someone else’s lesions, their rash, or things like towels or linens that have been in contact with that rash.”
Dr. Love says that just because people get a rash, doesn’t mean it’s Monkeypox. He said that people can still get a rash from things like Lyme disease, a bug bite, or many other reasons, although the monkey pox rash presents a bit differently.
The risk factors have been outlined by the CDC and DOH, one of which is returning from a foreign country.
Click here for more details on the CDC’s webpage.