DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two additional cases of monkeypox have been identified in Alabama, per the ADPH. That number has risen from the two cases officials discovered on Friday.
The Alabama Department of Public Health did not give details on the location of the cases. They also said that the cases still need to be officially confirmed by the department. On July 15, the first two cases to be identified were discovered in Jefferson and Mobile counties.
In total, the Center for Disease Control reports 2,108 monkeypox cases across the United States.
Symptoms of monkeypox to look out for include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
Tips to prevent the spread of monkeypox include:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Again, the ADPH still needs to confirm the two new cases of monkeypox that it has identified.