by: James Tompkins
IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that Ionia County has its first known case of monkeypox.
The statewide total is now 37, an increase from Thursday’s tally of 27.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urges anyone who may have been exposed to monkeypox to contact their local health department about vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes monkeypox as part of the same family of viruses as smallpox, but not chickenpox.
It recommends that the vaccine be given within four days of the date of exposure.