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Monkeypox cases now reach 13 in Utah

Jul 18, 2022, 9:30 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — There are now 13 recorded cases of Monkeypox in Utah, according to the CDC.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Leisha Nolen says Utahns aren’t at high risk of getting it. The infection is spread through skin-to-skin contact. 

“Right now, this infection is not generally circulating in the community,” she said. “But it is circulating in populations, who have close, intimate contact. It’s really skin-to-skin contact that’s causing people to get this infection. So, most people who aren’t in close, intimate contact with others are very, very low risk.”

The effects of the infection appear to only last a short amount of time.

“So far in the U.S. and Europe, the cases that are occurring recently, we haven’t heard of long-term effects,” she said. 

Nolen says people are normally miserable for a couple weeks and then begin to recover. 

According to Nolen, the warning signs to look for are cold-like symptoms accompanied by a new rash.

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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