CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Health officials have confirmed new cases of the monkeypox virus in Cleveland.
As of Wednesday, August 24, the Cleveland Department of Public Health is reporting 41 cases in the city.
The Cleveland Department of Public Health will be having its second monkeypox vaccine clinic on Friday, August 26th from 3:00pm-9:00pm at 1313 E. 26th Street.
Vaccines are free and confidential and no prior registration is required.
Individuals must be 18 years of age or older and fall into one of the following categories:
- Had unprotected contact with a person’s skin or mucous membranes and skin, lesions or body fluids from a patient or contaminated materials
- Individuals attending events/places associated with known monkeypox transmission
- Any person who has or is likely to have prolonged intimate contact that would put them at higher risk of exposure to monkeypox virus
- You have not previously been diagnosed with monkeypox or do not currently have signs/symptoms of monkeypox
United States federal government declared a public health emergency August 4 in response to the growing outbreak.
Below are tips provided by Northeast Ohio health officials how to reduce 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 have been used by a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after using the bathroom.
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