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Mpox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family. Infection typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body.
If you have symptoms of Mpox, contact your health care provider immediately or Calhoun County Public Health Department at 269-969-6990 with questions and concerns.
For after-hours questions, please contact the MDHHS Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Disease Section line at 517-335-9030.
Calhoun County Public Health Department phone lines are monitored Monday - Thursday 7:00a - 4:00p and Friday 8:00a - 12:00p.
- 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.
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
- direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
- touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
Current data shows transmission is higher among people in close sexual networks. However, anyone who has been in
close contact with a person who has Mpox is at risk.
Unlike COVID-19, which spreads easily through the air, the risk of Mpox to the general public is currently low unless they engage in higher-risk behaviors. Having sex with multiple sex partners can increase a person’s risk of becoming infected when Mpox is spreading in the community.
How to protect yourself:
- Consider covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds
- Don’t share bedding or clothing with others when possible
- Before having close, physical contact with others, talk to your partners about their health and any recent rashes or sores
- Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are Mpox outbreaks
- Talk to your healthcare provider if you were potentially exposed. You may be a candidate for a post-exposure vaccination to prevent the development of the disease
How to protect others:
If you have symptoms particularly a rash consistent with Mpox (even if you do not think you were in contact with anyone with Mpox), or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Mpox:
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Contact a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation
- Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others, including sexual contact, until a medical evaluation has been completed
- Inform sex partners about any symptoms you are experiencing
- Cover the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothing
- Wear a well-fitted mask
- If you are contacted by public health officials, answer their confidential questions to help protect others who may have been exposed
Who can get vaccinated?
In Michigan, the mpox vaccine is available to those who have been exposed to someone with mpox and/or anyone who thinks they may be at risk.
Please call our office at 269-969-6363 to check your eligibility for vaccination. As more doses become available, vaccine availability may expand further. We will share updates here as we have them.