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Springfield-Greene County Health is informing the community that monkeypox poses low risk to the public. Monkeypox is a viral infection that generally results in mild symptoms, with most people able to recover at home. The virus does not spread easily between people without close, prolonged contact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 305 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States and more than 4,700 globally. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has reported two cases in the state. No deaths from monkeypox have been reported in the United States.
Symptoms of monkeypox vary between people, however, it is often characterized by a blistering rash that can appear on the face, inside the mouth or on other parts of the body including the hands, chest, genitals or anus. Additional symptoms of monkeypox include:
- Muscle and back aches.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
Monkeypox spreads through prolonged and close, often skin-to-skin, contact. This includes:
- Direct contact with bodily fluids, blisters or rashes.
- Close, prolonged face-to-face contact (due to the exchange of respiratory droplets).
- Touching clothing, bedding, towels, objects or surfaces used by someone with monkeypox.
- Sexual or intimate contact of any kind.
Passing interactions with no skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox are unlikely to result in transmission. Despite the low risk that monkeypox poses, the Health Department is asking people who suspect they have contracted the virus to seek testing with their healthcare provider. Those who have symptoms of monkeypox or have come into close contact with someone who has the disease should call or set up a virtual appointment with their physician. Health care providers are asking that you do not walk into clinics, urgent care, or the emergency room unless you are in need of immediate medical care. This will help prevent further exposures from occurring.
The Health Department has created a webpage for those wanting more information about monkeypox. Questions regarding individual symptoms or risk after exposure should be directed to your healthcare provider.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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