As federal health officials declared the monkeypox virus a U.S. public health emergency Thursday, here are the cases and vaccines in Michigan.
Michigan has recorded 66 cases of monkeypox in 11 counties, according to figures Wednesday on the state health department’s website. As of Friday, the state had 37 cases.
The state said Wednesday it had recorded 17 cases in the city of Detroit. 12 cases in Oakland County. nine in Wayne County outside the city of Detroit; 8 in Macomb County; seven in Kent County. four in Ingham County; three in Washtenaw County; two in Ottawa County and one each in Ionia, St. Clair, Livingston and Montcalm counties.
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The country has recorded more than 6,600 cases as of Wednesday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week, President Joe Biden announced the White House’s new national coordinator and deputy coordinator for the monkeypox response.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing Thursday with federal health officials that they expect cases to continue to rise as people have more access to testing. Cases may be increasing now because of more widely available testing in addition to the possibility of more infections.
Worldwide, more than 26,000 cases have been reported in 87 counties, 80 of which have not historically reported chickenpox. The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency on July 23.
Vaccine availability in Michigan
Michigan will receive about 14,500 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, said Chelsea Wuth, a spokeswoman for the state health department.
Jynneos vaccine is a two-dose regimen approved for use against smallpox and monkeypox that can prevent infection in exposed people and limit the severity of symptoms.
Symptoms can include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, sore throat and a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, the CDC said.
He recommends giving the vaccine within four days of the date of exposure for the best chance of preventing the onset of the disease. If the vaccine is given between four and 14 days after exposure, it can reduce symptoms of the disease but may not prevent the disease, the agency said.
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Wuth said Michigan recently received about 10,460 doses of vaccine from the CDC with 4,180 doses available in the first wave and another 3,138 doses in the second wave that begins Aug. 15. The remaining 3,138 tranches will be in the third wave, with the timing to be decided, he said.
Wuth said Michigan has received slightly more than 7,600 doses since Thursday.
State health officials previously said doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been distributed to hubs in Detroit as well as Oakland, Weston, Kent, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Genesee and Grand Traverse counties. These vaccines can be redistributed as needed throughout the state.
Wuth said 416 people had received the Jynneos vaccine as of Tuesday morning.
He said the state health department does not have a county-by-county breakdown of vaccine being administered at this time.
“It’s important to note that we don’t have real-time data on vaccines administered, and there is a slight delay in the administration data being reported” to the state health department, he said.
Where to get a vaccine in Detroit
Detroit offers vaccines to city residents who have been exposed to monkeypox or who suspect they may have been exposed.
The city health department said last week it is offering the Jynneos vaccine at the Wayne HIV/STI Clinic, 50 East Canfield, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 8 A.M. Saturdays of the month and at the health department office, 100 Mack Ave., from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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The vaccines will be used as first doses during the initial administration by the state health department.
They will be given to prevent the development of the virus in people who have been exposed to monkeypox and in people with risky behaviors in geographies, environments, events or places with known monkeypox transmission in the previous 14 days, according to a release.
Free Press staff writer Kristen Jordan Shamus contributed to this report.
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