What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is typically a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. During 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported in areas where it is not usually found. This includes various countries around the world, throughout the U.S., and here in Ohio. The type of monkeypox seen in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and most people recover from their illness within 2-4 weeks without needing any specific treatment. However, some infected people may be at higher risk for severe illness, including people who have weakened immune systems.
At this time, the risk in the U.S. and Ohio is believed to be low. Monkeypox does not spread easily between people, but anyone in close contact with an infected person can get it and should take steps to protect themselves. For more information, please go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you suspect you have or have been exposed, please contact your medical provider and county health department for guidance.
- Stark County Health Department: 330.493.9904
- Summit County Health Department: 330.923.4891