Barry County and Metro Detroit make up Michigan’s latest monkeypox cases -

2022-10-16 18:51:43 By : Ms. bella Wang

A screenshot of a map of Michigan's reported monkeypox cases by county, as of Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. An interactive version of the map can be found in the story below.

Michigan identified 25 new monkeypox infections last week, most of which were located in Metro Detroit.

Barry County in southwest Michigan reported its first case, while Wayne County added 16 cases, and Macomb and Oakland counties each added three. The final two cases were linked to Genesee County.

In total, Michigan has identified 291 monkeypox cases this year, spanning 21 counties. That’s up about 4.3% from a week ago.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that may cause a rash that looks like pimples or blisters, among other symptoms. It is typically spread through close contact by an infected person, or through touching shared objects, fabrics or surfaces.

National health leaders have noted the decline in monkeypox infections throughout the country, but said low-level transmission of the virus could continue indefinitely in the U.S. That would be a change from what’s been commonplace before the current outbreak, when the virus was rarely found in North America.

Below is a map of Michigan’s reported monkeypox cases as of Tuesday. Hover over a county to see how many known cases have been identified.

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As of Tuesday, Oct. 11, there were 26,778 total cases identified across the U.S. It’s an increase of less than 3% from last week.

California leads all states with 5,135 cases, followed by New York with 4,010, Florida with 2,608, and Texas with 2,444. Michigan ranks 18th in cases, slightly behind Ohio (290) and ahead of Nevada (268).

Michigan has not identified any deaths linked to monkeypox. Nationally, there have been two reported deaths, according to the CDC, and both individuals were considered severely immunocompromised.

The JYNNEOS vaccine, which offers protection against monkeypox, smallpox and other such infections, is recommended for individuals 18 and older who are at high risk for monkeypox infection. Last month, researchers found that males 18 to 49 years old who were eligible for a vaccine and got one were 14 times less likely to get monkeypox versus those who didn’t get vaccinated, according to the CDC.

If you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus and/or start experiencing symptoms, contact a health care provider or your local health department. For the latest updates on the 2022 monkeypox outbreak, visit the CDC website or Michigan’s monkeypox web page.

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