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Probable Monkeypox Case Reported In Detroit, Health Officials Say

(CBS DETROIT) -- Health officials say on Friday that a probable monkeypox case was identified in Detroit.

Detroit Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo tweeted that the case was identified, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Razo did not disclose more information about the individual. She urged any Detroiters and medical providers who have questions to call the nurse hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 313-876-4444 or email

This is the second case reported in the state of Michigan. The first case was identified last week in Oakland County.

MDHHS said the resident was isolating and does not pose a risk to the public. The department was working with local health departments to notify any close contacts.

"Monkeypox is a viral illness that spreads primarily through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, bodily fluids or prolonged face-to-face contact. It is important to remember that the risk to the general public is low. However, Michiganders with concerns about monkeypox should see their provider to be evaluated for testing," Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive, said last week.

infection may begin with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes that progresses to a rash on the face and body. Symptoms of MPV can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus.

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