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Health, Science & Environment

Columbus Public Health investigating a local case of monkeypox

WHO Monkeypox
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. WHO's top monkeypox expert Dr. Rosamund Lewis said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission.

Columbus Public Health is investigating a local case of monkeypox.

Officials reveal that the case involves a 48-year-old man who lives in the area. Officials say the risk to the general public remains low.

This is the second case in Ohio. Monkeypox starts with flu-like symptoms with a fever followed by a rash or sores. It is caused by a virus that spreads through close, intimate contact or during sex.

Health, Science & Environment Monkeypox
Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.