COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW/AP) – The Ohio Department of Health announced Monday that the state is seeing its first likely case of monkeypox.

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  • ODH identifies probable case of monkeypox in Ohio
  • Case is adult male
  • Patient is isolating
  • Look out for unexplained rash
  • Monkeypox is a viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms.
  • 49 cases in U.S.
  • 1500 cases worldwide

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff emphasized that monkeypox does not spread easily between people, so the risk to Ohioans generally is very low.

“This disease is not like COVID-19, which as we know can be spread easily person to person through the air over several feet of space,” he said. “In contrast, monkeypox spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs or bodily fluids.”

It can also spread through prolonged face-to-face contact, he said, along with during intimate contact between people.

A release from ODH stated, “it’s important to note that anyone can get monkeypox, even though most cases associated with the investigation in the U.S. have occurred among men who have sex with men.”