1st probable case of monkeypox identified in Livingston County

HOWELL, Mich. – The Livingston County Health Department announced Tuesday that the first probable monkeypox case has been identified.

According to a news release from the department, the Livingston County resident is currently isolated. Officials state that the individual recently traveled out of state before they started developing symptoms.

As of Tuesday, there are 55 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the state of Michigan.

Symptoms of the virus are similar to smallpox but are milder. Health officials report that monkeypox is rarely fatal.

Read more: Where is monkeypox in Michigan? Here’s a map of cases and everything you should know about symptoms

If you think you have monkeypox or have had close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox, you should visit your healthcare provider.

The state of Michigan has received more than 3,800 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine. These vaccines have been distributed to hubs across the state.

Hubs are in the following areas (Phone numbers and links to the county health departments are also posted):

Symptoms of monkeypox

Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection. Sometimes people get a rash first, then other symptoms. Others only get a rash.

Symptoms of monkeypox include the following:

  • 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.

    The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

Related: Michigan now has 55 cases of monkeypox


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Elizabeth Washington is a Digital Producer and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.