Probable case of monkeypox identified in Allen County
Learn more about the symptoms of monkeypox
Allen County Public Health (ACPH) announces that a probable case of monkeypox has been identified in Allen County. As of 8/4/22, the CDC identifies 38 known cases of monkeypox in Ohio.
Residents of Allen County should be aware of the following symptoms of monkeypox infection:
Rash that looks like pimples or blisters. The rash will go through stages that include scabs before it heals. The rash can be localized to one or more areas of the body, including: hands, feet, chest, face, genitals, or inside the mouth, vagina, or anus.
Flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, chills or exhaustion.
If someone has a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms, they should avoid close contact, including sex or intimate relations with anyone, until they have been evaluated by a health care provider.
Monkeypox can be transmitted by:
Direct contact with infectious rash, scabs or body fluids.
Respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact such as kissing, hugging, or intercourse.
Touching objects (such as clothing or linens) that have already touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids.
Pregnant women can transmit it to their fetus through the placenta.
ACPH points out that monkeypox is a very rare disease in the United States and does not spread easily between people, but individuals should take steps to protect themselves, such as
Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have rashes that look like monkeypox.
Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used, including clothing and bedding.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face.