INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Now there’s a better way to track monkeypox in Indiana.
The Indiana State Department of Health has launched a new monkeypox dashboard.
In addition to a case count, the dashboard has a map that shows where Indiana’s cases are.
Most of the 153 monkeypox cases in the state are in central Indiana.
Public health officials say the dashboard will be updated daily, Monday through Friday.
On Wednesday, IDOH published the following:
The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) today launched a new data dashboard showing the prevalence of monkeypox cases in the state, broken down by age group, sex, ethnicity, race and public health district.
Since mid-June, Indiana has reported 153 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox. The dashboard does not include two previously reported pediatric cases because follow-up investigations determined them to be false positives.
“Our goal with any dashboard is to provide accurate, up-to-date information on the status of an outbreak or significant public health issue to keep Hoosiers informed,” the chief medical officer said. IDOH, Lindsay Weaver, MD, FACEP. “As the monkeypox situation evolves, we continue to review cases and lab results in consultation with our federal partners to ensure our data accurately reflects the current situation. We are grateful to our laboratory, epidemiology and data teams for their ongoing review of cases so that we can keep Hoosiers informed about this outbreak.
The dashboard, which is posted at monkeypox.health.in.gov, will be updated Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. to reflect cases identified as of 5 p.m. the previous day. Due to the small number of cases in most areas of the state, cases will be broken down by public health emergency preparedness district at this time to protect patient privacy.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which is a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Illness typically begins with fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and exhaustion about five to 21 days after exposure. Within one to three days (sometimes more) after the onset of fever, the patient develops a rash. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. People are considered contagious until all the scabs from the rash have fallen off and a new layer of skin has formed.
Person-to-person transmission is possible through skin contact with body fluids, monkeypox wounds, or contaminated objects, such as bedding or clothing, or through exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.
To learn more about monkeypox, click here.
Visit the Indiana Department of Health www.health.in.gov for more information