Michigan launches website for information on monkey pox
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Moneypox is a growing problem in the United States, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website to help Michiganders stay informed about the disease.
Monkeypox virus (MPV) belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus, which includes smallpox virus, vaccinia virus, and cowpox virus. The virus is not related to chickenpox.
The site covers a variety of information, including the signs and symptoms of the monkeypox virus, the number of cases in the state, information for health care providers regarding testing and more.
“MDHHS is working closely with our federal partners, local health departments, and statewide health care providers in response to this outbreak. MPV is a viral disease that is spread primarily through direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, bodily fluids, or prolonged face-to-face contact. It is important to remember that the risk to the general public is low. However, Michiganders concerned about MPV should have their supplier evaluated for testing.
Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Medical Director of MDHHS
On Wednesday, Michigan tracked the following cases of monkeypox:
If infected with monkeypox, MDHHS recommends contacting a health care provider for evaluation.
The CDC urges healthcare providers in the United States to be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with MPV.
“While many of those affected by current global epidemics are men who have sex with men, anyone who has had close contact with someone with VPD can contract the disease,” an MDHHS statement read.
Currently, there is no treatment for MPV infections, but drugs that protect against smallpox can be used to prevent and treat MPV infections.
Michigan received a limited supply of the vaccine.
Local health departments may contact eligible individuals who have been identified as close contact with a case of VPD about receiving the vaccine.
Those who have been in contact with someone with VPD are urged to contact their local health department for further information.
Click here for information on federal vaccine allocations and will be updated every Wednesday.