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Two probable cases of monkey pox now exist in Genesee County

Written By Jameca Patrick-Singleton

According to the Genesee County Health Department, there are two probable cases of monkey pox in Genesee County. The health department is requesting that anyone who has been exposed to monkey pox in the last 14 days call 810-237-4538 for further information and testing.

Symptoms of monkey pox include fever or chills; a rash that may appear on the face, inside of the mouth, or other parts of the body (such as hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus); muscle aches; swollen lymph nodes or headache. Monkey pox can be spread by direct contact with an infectious rash or through body fluids. It can also be spread by touching items such as clothing or linens that have come into direct contact with the infectious rash. Pregnant moms may also spread the virus to their unborn babies.

California has the most confirmed monkey pox cases, according to the CDC, with a reported 3,629 cases, followed by New York with 3,310 cases and Florida with 1,922.

According to the CDC as of August 31, 2022 Michigan has the 17th highest rate of monkey pox with 186 confirmed cases.

**Data regarding monkey pox is from the Genesee County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention websites.**

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