Cincinnati health officials say two probable cases of monkeypox have been reported in Cincinnati

According to the Cincinnati Health Department, there have been two reports of positive cases of monkeypox in Cincinnati on Tuesday.The CHD says the positive cases were reported by the patients’ health care providers. The specimens have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the likely cases. The CHD expects to get those results tomorrow. The two probable cases in Cincinnati come after the World Health Organization named monkeypox as a public health emergency.The CDC reported 17 cases of monkeypox in Ohio and 3,591 country-wide, according to the CDC case map.The CDC also confirmed Kentucky has six cases, while Indiana has 33 cases. Hamilton County Health Director Dr. Stephen Feagans explains that, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is spread through close contact, not viral transmission. People who contract it often experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, chills, lesions and swollen lymph nodes.The irritating blisters are critical in the virus’ spread.If someone thinks they have monkeypox, they should call their physician to get tested. According to Feagans, the test can be painful because it requires swabbing the lesion.There is a monkeypox vaccine, but the supply has been limited. Currently, Feagans said vaccines are given to people who have been in close contact with the virus, like a family member or partner. The vaccine can be protective if a person takes it within four days of exposure. If it is taken within 14 days, it can reduce the duration of symptoms.”Not much available, and to date, most of the vaccine has been sent to areas of high burden like New York and Los Angels,” Feagans said. “Ohio has received very little because we’re a ‘Tier C,’ a state that doesn’t have very many cases.

According to the Cincinnati Health Department, there have been two reports of positive cases of monkeypox in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

The CHD says the positive cases were reported by the patients’ health care providers.

The specimens have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the likely cases. The CHD expects to get those results tomorrow.

The two probable cases in Cincinnati come after the World Health Organization named monkeypox as a public health emergency.

The CDC reported 17 cases of monkeypox in Ohio and 3,591 country-wide, according to the CDC case map.

The CDC also confirmed Kentucky has six cases, while Indiana has 33 cases.

Hamilton County Health Director Dr. Stephen Feagans explains that, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is spread through close contact, not viral transmission. People who contract it often experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, chills, lesions and swollen lymph nodes.

The irritating blisters are critical in the virus’ spread.

If someone thinks they have monkeypox, they should call their physician to get tested. According to Feagans, the test can be painful because it requires swabbing the lesion.

There is a monkeypox vaccine, but the supply has been limited. Currently, Feagans said vaccines are given to people who have been in close contact with the virus, like a family member or partner. The vaccine can be protective if a person takes it within four days of exposure. If it is taken within 14 days, it can reduce the duration of symptoms.

“Not much available, and to date, most of the vaccine has been sent to areas of high burden like New York and Los Angels,” Feagans said. “Ohio has received very little because we’re a ‘Tier C,’ a state that doesn’t have very many cases.