Co-Director of Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group gives information concerning monkeypox virus

The Minnesota Department of Health announced this week the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Minnesota. Dr. Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., co-director of Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group fielded questions from KAUS News and other media outlets during a briefing on the topic, and he talked about the symptoms of the virus…

Dr. Kennedy went on to talk about how the virus is transmitted….

Dr. Kennedy also talked about who is most susceptible to contract the virus…

Dr. Kennedy also advised what one should do if you think you have symptoms…

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the need for a vaccine or antivirals is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with CDC officials. The CDC does not recommend broader use of the vaccine at this time; however, their evaluation of vaccine guidance is ongoing.  Over the last month, the Department of Health has been working with health care providers and community partners to promote awareness of monkeypox, including what symptoms to look for, how to test for it, and ways to help prevent transmission.

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