2 possible cases of monkeypox have been found in Ottawa.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has announced two possible cases of monkeypox in the county.

Both OCDPH patients were told to isolate.

“Probable cases are pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but (monkeypox) is considered positive,” the health department said in a press release.

All close contacts are being monitored for symptoms, OCDPH said. No other cases were identified.

Monkeypox is a rare but serious disease. It is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with body fluids or monkeypox lesions. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets through prolonged face-to-face contact or contact with contaminated materials.

Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. Rashes and sores on the face usually begin one to three days after the onset of the illness. It can take as long as three days or as long as 20 days for symptoms to appear, OCDPH said. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks.

Anyone who has symptoms of monkeypox or has been in contact with someone who has monkeypox should seek immediate medical attention.

OCDPH warns people at risk that they may take: precautionary measures:.

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash similar to monkeypox.
    • Avoid touching the rash or scabs of someone with monkeypox.
    • Avoid kissing, hugging, petting, or having sex with someone who has monkeypox.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with someone who has monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone who has monkeypox.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

As of Monday, the state’s website listed 37 cases in Michigan, not counting the two in Ottawa County. Kent County has five cases, and Ionia County and Montcalm County each have one.

For more information on monkeypox, visit Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

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