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Springfield-Greene County Health Department Reports First Case of Monkeypox

With monkeypox emerging in the United States, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports that a county resident has tested positive for the virus.

The case in Greene County is only the third confirmed case in the state of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports they have contacted those who came in contact with the infected person.

The Centers for Disease Control says that monkeypox is a virus most commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact.

Monkeypox causes mild symptoms for most people, and poses a low infection risk to the public.

According to the CDC, the list of symptoms most associated with monkeypox include:

– A blistering rash on the face, hands, chest, genitals, anus or inside the mouth. 

– Fever.

– Headache. 

– Muscle and back aches. 

– Swollen lymph nodes. 

– Chills. 

– Exhaustion.