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Columbus Public Health is Investigating a Local Case of Monkeypox

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June 27, 2022

Columbus Public Health is Investigating a Local Case of Monkeypox

Columbus 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. 

The 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.

Monkeypox 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. 

People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. Anyone who encounters someone with monkeypox should wear gloves and a mask.

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