HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — As more cases of the mysterious monkeypox virus increase, worldwide medical experts in Alabama want the public to be aware of the signs.
According to Dr. Wes Stubblefield with the Alabama Department of Public Health, at this time there are no reported monkeypox cases in Alabama. However, with even more cases being reported in the U.S. experts say it’s important the public know the signs.
Fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, head, muscle, and backaches along with a noticeable rash are all symptoms of monkeypox.
According to the World Health Organization, the majority of cases reported have been among gay or bi-sexual men who engage in sexual activity. However, monkeypox can still be transmitted to anyone with exposure.
It’s recommended to avoid those who have the disease, avoid skin-to-skin contact, wash hands and practice good hygiene.
“It’s one of those situations we are watching and we are educating providers on who to screen, what to look out for, how to report those individuals, and how to get tests done through the state if they are suspected and confirming testing through the CDC,” Dr. Stubblefield said.
Experts want to stress the risk to the general public remains low and the monkeypox disease shouldn’t be compared to COVID-19 since the coronavirus is a completely different disease.