Tracking monkeypox in Northeast Ohio: Multiple new cases reported Monday

Health officials have confirmed a second case of monkeypox in Lorain County.
Health officials have confirmed a second case of monkeypox in Lorain County.
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 9:21 AM EDT
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LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Officials from three Northeast Ohio health departments reported new cases of monkeypox Monday.

The Portage County Health District said they’ve identified their first case, and Lorain County Public Health said they had an additional case, for a total of two cases there.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health reported seven new cases on its website, bringing the city’s total to 18 monkeypox cases.

The United States federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday in response to the growing outbreak.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio has reported 45 monkeypox cases as of Friday.

Below are tips provided by Lorain County Public Health on how to decrease your risk:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

Editor’s Note: Below is a previous report from 19 News on monkeypox safety practices. Return to 19 News for updates.

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