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Marion County sees 17 monkeypox cases. What are the symptoms? – IndyStar


The number of monkeypox cases in Marion County has multiplied rapidly in the past two weeks, rising from the initial two cases July 13 to a total of 17 presumed cases, county health officials announced Thursday.
There have been 37 confirmed cases of the virus in Indiana and 4,639 cases nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Globally 20,638 cases have been confirmed in 77 countries.
Common symptoms include a rash that looks like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, or elsewhere on the body, fever, swollen lymph nodes, body aches and exhaustion.
While many of those who were sickened early in the outbreak were men who have sex with men, health officials Thursday warned everyone to be aware of the symptoms and potential for infection.
“We must all be vigilant in understanding that, while some individuals are at a higher risk for monkeypox, it can spread to anyone,” said Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department, in a news release.
Person-to-person contact is believed to be fueling the outbreak in the United States, health officials say. People contract the virus by having direct contact with the rash, sores, or scabs of a person infected with monkeypox. The disease can also be spread to a fetus by pregnancy, respiratory secretions by prolonged face-to-face contact, and by contact with clothing on linens or other objects that an infected person has used.
The illness typically lasts two to four weeks. Health officials ask people who are infected to stay isolated from the time symptoms begin until the rash heals.
The Marion County Public Health Department is offering a vaccine that can protect against infection to those who are close contacts of a sickened individual.
Contact Shari Rudavsky at srudavsky@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @srudavsky.


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