Columbus Public Health is Investigating a Local Case of Monkeypox
June 27, 2022
Public Health is Investigating a Local Case of Monkeypox
Public Health is investigating a local case of monkeypox. The case is a
48-year-old male who resides in Columbus Public Health’s jurisdiction.
case – which is the second one in Ohio – is working with public health and has
notified public health that he is isolating at this time. The risk to the
general public is low.
While uncommon, monkeypox is
circulating in the U.S. Monkeypox is caused by a virus that spreads through
close, intimate contact or during sex. It also can spread through contact with
sheets, towels and other objects and through kissing.
Monkeypox starts with flu-like
symptoms with a fever followed by a rash or sores. If you think you have
monkeypox or have been exposed to someone who does, contact a healthcare
provider or public health immediately.
can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a
fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks.
who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to
others. Anyone who encounters someone with monkeypox should wear gloves
and a mask.
more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/resources/print.html