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The first possible case of monkeypox in Michigan was confirmed in the suburbs of Detroit, health officials said Wednesday.
The incident was identified as a resident of Oakland County, which is currently isolated and poses no risk to the public, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported. Preliminary tests completed at the
department laboratory returned an estimated positive result, with tests to confirm that the case was ongoing at theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. Authorities said it was underway.
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State and local health authorities have close personal contacts, the department said.
"Monkeypox is a virus that mainly infects directly. It's a sexually transmitted disease. Contact with an infectious rash, scab, fluid, or long-term face-to-face contact, "said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Chief Medical Officer of the Department. The public is low. But Michigan, who is concerned about monkeypox, needs to see the provider evaluated for testing, "she said. ..
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Monkeypox belongs to the same viral family as smallpox, but the symptoms are mild. It usually recovers in 2-4 weeks without hospitalization, but it can be fatal.