45 monkeypox cases reported across Indiana

In preparation of the potential spread of Monkeypox in the community, the Eau Claire...
In preparation of the potential spread of Monkeypox in the community, the Eau Claire City-County Public Health Department(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 6:41 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) - The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced on Friday that a total of 45 monkeypox cases have been reported across the state between June 18 and July 28.

This includes two pediatric cases.

To date, Indiana has received 3,232 doses of Jynneos vaccine. Due to limited vaccine supply, vaccines are initially being prioritized for close contacts of positive cases to prevent severe disease.

Additional vaccine is expected soon, and eligibility will be expanded to groups at high risk for exposure as supplies increase.

To learn more about monkeypox, visit www.monkeypox.health.in.gov or the CDC’s monkeypox website. The CDC updates case counts Monday through Friday here.

More general information on monkeypox from IDOH:

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Symptoms are like smallpox, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

The illness typically begins with fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and exhaustion about five to 21 days after exposure. Within one to three days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash. The rash may start in the mouth or any part of the body before spreading. Some people may only develop the rash.

The illness typically lasts for two to four weeks. People are considered infectious until all scabs from the rash have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

Person-to-person transmission is possible either through skin-to-skin contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores or contaminated items, such as bedding or clothing, or through exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.

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