Monkeypox. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

A Greene County resident has tested positive for monkeypox, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. The Greene County case is one of three reported across Missouri so far, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services. 

Before this year, nearly all cases of monkeypox had been reported in Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, cases have been reported in 30 U.S. states so far this year, according to the CDC. With 95 cases, California has the most monkeypox cases reported in one state so far.  

Monkeypox is a viral disease that is commonly spread through prolonged, close contact, according to the health department. Infection risk is low to the general public, but the health department is asking people to monitor for symptoms in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. 

One of the most visible symptoms is the development of a rash that can look like pimples or blisters, according to the CDC. It can develop on a person’s face, inside the mouth or in other areas (hands, feet, chest, genitals, anus). The rash goes through different stages over the course of about two to four weeks, according to the CDC. 

Along with the visible rash, symptoms include: 

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

The health department asks that people not walk directly into care clinics if they are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with those who have experienced symptoms. Instead, set up a virtual appointment with a care provider. 
The health department has created a website that offers information about the virus and how to prevent it. The site is health.springfieldmo.gov/monkeypox.