As federal health officials declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency in the U.S. on Thursday, here’s where cases and vaccines stand in Michigan.
Michigan recorded 66 cases of monkeypox in 11 counties, according to the data Wednesday on the state health department website. On 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 case each in Ionia, St. Clair, Livingston and Montcalm counties.
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The nation has recorded more than 6,600 cases as of Wednesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week, President Joe Biden announced the White House’s new national monkeypox response coordinator and deputy coordinator.
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 rising now because of more widely available testing in addition to the potential of more infections.
Globally, more than 26,000 cases have been reported in 87 counties, 80 of which have not historically reported monkeypox. The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency July 23.
Vaccine availability in Michigan
Michigan will be receiving about 14,500 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, said Chelsea Wuth, a spokesperson with the state health department.
The Jynneos vaccine is a two-dose regimen authorized for use against smallpox and monkeypox that can prevent infection in people who have been exposed and limit the severity of symptoms.
Symptoms can include a fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, sore throat and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters, the CDC said.
It recommends administering the vaccine within four days from the date of exposure for the best chance to prevent onset of disease. If the vaccine is given between four and 14 days after exposure, it may reduce the symptoms of disease, but it may not prevent the disease, the agency said.
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Wuth said Michigan recently was allocated about 10,460 doses of vaccine by the CDC with 4,180 doses available in the first wave and another 3,138 doses available in the second wave starting Aug. 15. The remaining 3,138 doses will be in the third wave, with the timing to be determined, she said.
Wuth said Michigan has received slightly more than 7,600 doses as of Thursday.
State health officials previously said doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been distributed to hubs in Detroit as well as in Oakland, Washtenaw, Kent, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Genesee and Grand Traverse counties. Those vaccines can be redistributed as needed across the state.
Wuth said 416 people have received the Jynneos vaccine as of Tuesday morning.
She said the state health department does not have a county-by-county breakdown of vaccine administered at this time.
“It is important to note we don’t have real-time data for vaccines administered and that there is a slight lag in administration data being reported” to the state health department, she said.
Where to get a vaccine in Detroit
Detroit is offering vaccines to city residents who have been exposed to the monkeypox virus or to those who suspect they have been exposed.
The city health department said last week that it is offering the Jynneos vaccine at the Wayne HIV/STI Clinic, 50 East Canfield, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the first and third 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 initial allocations from the state health department.
They will be given out to prevent development of the virus in people who have been exposed to monkeypox and to people with risk behaviors in geographies, settings, events or venues with known monkeypox virus transmission in the previous 14 days, according to a release.
Staff writer Kristen Jordan Shamus contributed to this report.
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