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Springfield-Greene County Health is reporting that a Greene County resident has tested positive for monkeypox. Health Department epidemiologists have contacted those who may have been exposed to the virus. This is the first probable case of monkeypox in Greene County. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has reported 3 cases of the virus across the state.
Monkeypox most commonly spreads through prolonged and close, often skin-to-skin, contact. But while the risk of infection to the general public is low, people should still monitor for symptoms to avoid spreading the virus to others. Symptoms of monkeypox include:
- A blistering rash on the face, hands, chest, genitals, anus or inside the mouth.
- Muscle and back aches.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
Local healthcare providers are asking people who have symptoms or have come into close contact with someone who has the disease not to walk into clinics, urgent care or emergency rooms unless you are in need of immediate medical care. To prevent further exposures, individuals who suspect they have monkeypox should call or make a virtual appointment with a healthcare provider.
The Health Department is providing up-to-date information about the virus and how to prevent its spread at health.springfieldmo.gov/monkeypox. Questions regarding individual symptoms or risk of exposure should be directed to your healthcare provider.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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