The Ohio Department of Health has taken on the relatively new monkeypox health situation with information and resources.
This Department’s efforts include a new “Monkeypox Dashboard” which would likely give visitors a sense of deja vu from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a set of accompanying FAQs, the Department shared, “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio.”
Other answered questions include matters of transmission, symptoms, treatments, pets, available vaccines, and more. The FAQ page can be accessed here.
The Dashboard also includes a map showing the current number of cases in each Ohio county. Of the 147 reported cases in Ohio, 69 involve Cuyahoga County residents and 33 cases are in Franklin County.
There have been no cases reported in Richland County and none in any county that borders Richland County. The nearest case is likely one which has been diagnosed in Medina County.
Of those 147 infected to date, 9 have been hospitalized and none have died. The age range of current cases is 19-64 years, and males represent 96.60% of those impacted to date.
Richland Public Health also has a monkeypox information page, which can be read here.