Maryland’s number of presumed monkeypox cases is growing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland has reported 14 confirmed or presumed cases as of Friday.
The Maryland Department of Health told 11 News that the federal government allocated an initial 682 monkeypox vaccine doses to the state. The MDH said it will allocate 200 doses each to Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, which are considered to be the three highest-risk jurisdictions.
The 14 presumed cases are among 700 reported in 34 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
There have been 60 cases reported in DC
| LINK: MDH monkeypox information
How monkeypox is spread
Human monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox but generally causes a milder infection, MDH said. It can be spread between people through direct contact with skin lesions, body fluids or contaminated materials such as clothing or linens. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets, which generally cannot travel more than a few feet, and prolonged face-to-face contact is required.
Symptoms of monkeypox
Presenting symptoms typically include fever, chills, new swelling of lymph nodes and a distinctive rash that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body; however, onset of rash lesions elsewhere in the absence of other symptoms has been reported, MDH said.
Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, clear up within two to four weeks. Individuals identified as having been potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after exposure.
Be aware of these criteria
MDH said that while the risk of human monkeypox transmission remains low, the public is strongly encouraged to stay alert for any symptoms of the illness and to seek medical care immediately, especially if you meet this criteria:
- Those who traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases were reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox the month before their symptoms began;
- Those who have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox; or
- Those who have had close or intimate in-person contact with individuals in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, which includes men who have sex with men.