(CBS DETROIT) – There is a new website designed to help you learn more about Monkeypox.
The site shows the latest numbers, signs and symptoms, and ways to protect your family.
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“So we’re making sure we’re doing enough testing across the state to pick up cases, and what that really means is we have to do some outreach,” Michigan’s chief medical officer said. , Dr Natasha Bagdasarian.
“We need to educate our clinical partners, physicians and other state medical providers, and communities to educate them.”
There are currently 23 cases in the state.
So far, 35% of the state’s monkeypox cases are in Detroit.
Bagdasarian says that although the virus is concerning, there is no need to panic.
“Especially if you engage in everyday public activities,” she said.
“If you’re going to the grocery store, if you’re going out to a mall, that’s a low-risk type of threat.”
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Monkeypox, or MPV, can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, sharing bedding or clothing, and bodily fluids.
“What you really want to avoid is coming into contact with lesions that could be monkeypox,” Bagdasarian said.
“Anyone who has a rash with open lesions, anything that looks like blisters, you don’t want to have direct contact with those types of skin lesions.”
Antiviral drugs and vaccines are available for treatment.
“We use a vaccine called Jynneous here in the state of Michigan,” Bagdasarian said.
“What we really do is when a case is found in the state, we work closely with our local health departments and other partners to do contact tracing.”
Click here to follow the state’s monkeypox response plan.
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