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DHHS reports 143 cases of monkeypox in Michigan

By: - August 24, 2022 9:44 am

A vial containing the vaccine for monkeypox, which is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. | Hollie Adams | Getty Images

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 143 confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox in a Monday report

There are 14 counties with confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox: Bay, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Wayne County currently has the greatest number of cases at 63, with 44 of those cases originating in Detroit. 

The first case of Monkeypox in Michigan was reported by DHHS on June 29, after it identified a probable case in Oakland County. 

Monkeypox infection can begin with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes that progresses to a rash on the face and body.

According to DHHS, symptoms generally appear one or two weeks after exposure and can include fever, headache, muscle and back aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a rash similar to pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body. 

The virus is contagious while the rash is present until the scabs fall off, with symptoms typically lasting two to four weeks.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared monkeypox virus (MPV) a public health emergency on Aug. 4. 

There are 15,433 cases of Monkeypox in the U.S. as of Monday, according to the CDC. Michigan currently ranks 19th in case counts compared to the other 50 states and Washington D.C.

DHHS updated its vaccine recommendation on Aug. 12 following an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, allowing recipients of the monkeypox to receive their second dose 28 days after the first. 

The state encourages potentially exposed individuals to contact their local health department about vaccination. 

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Kyle Davidson
Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson is a reporting intern for the Michigan Advance. A recent MSU graduate, Kyle studied journalism and political science. He has reported on community events, breaking news, state policy, and the environment for outlets including the Lansing State Journal, the Detroit Free Press and Capital News Service.