Mpox outbreak detected in Cuyahoga County: officials

*Video attached: 2022 information on monkeypox in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Cuyahoga County is currently experiencing an outbreak of Mpox, formerly known as Monkeypox, according to health officials.

According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the county documented nine cases of Mpox between February and April 23, 2024.

According to CCBH, six cases have been reported in the county and three by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. People diagnosed with Mpox in Cuyahoga County range in age from 17 to 44 years old.

CCBH strongly encourages individuals who may have been exposed to Mpox to get tested as soon as possible and medical providers to keep Mpox in their differential diagnosis.

The CCBH states that if a provider sees a patient with lesions or a rash, or if they are in the at-risk population, they should be tested for Mpox.

According to the CDC, symptoms of Mpox include a rash that may be located on the hands, feet, chest, face, mouth, or near the genitals. The rash goes through several stages that initially look like pimples or blisters and eventually crust over.

“The incubation period is 3 to 17 days. During this time, a person has no symptoms and may feel well,” the CDC website states.

Other symptoms may include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle pain and back pain, headache and respiratory symptoms, according to the CDC.

Mpox diagnostic tests and vaccines are available at the CCBH clinic located at 5550 Venture Drive in Parma and 4200 Warrensville Center Road in Warrensville Heights.

Click here for more information about Mpox.

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