This week, the Ohio Department of Health reported what may be the state’s first case of mpox. As summer kicks into full swing, and large events return after two years of COVID restrictions, now is a good time to highlight the facts about the virus and how it spreads.
Mpox — a disease caused by infection with mpox virus — is rare, and the risk to most people is low. The virus is rarely fatal, but symptoms can be painful. People might have permanent scarring from the rash.
“What I want to emphasize strongly is that mpox does not spread easily between people, and so the risk to Ohioans generally is very low,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health.
Here are some symptoms of mpox:
Mpox is spread from person to person by:
If you believe you have symptoms of mpox, you should stay home and call your doctor. Mpox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
To learn more about mpox, visit these resources online: