The Pennsylvania Department of Health spoke with us regarding the new monkeypox case reported in Erie yesterday.

"Monkeypox is much different than COVID, even though it is a transmissible disease, it's not a highly transmissible like COVID," said Dr. Denise Johnson, Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and Physician General. "It requires close contact for individuals to get infected with monkeypox."

Medical professionals at the Central Outreach Wellness Center say a local 36-year-old man, who had recently traveled, tested positive for the disease. He is currently recovering at home.

According to the C.D.C., the disease can spread through intimate contact, direct contact with infected rashes, scabs, and bodily fluids, and shared cloths and linens.

"You're not going to get monkeypox just kind of walking down the street or in a crowded area, it really requires close contact," added Johnson. "People really should not be as concerned as they would be for COVID."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

- Aches

- Fatigue

- Swollen lymph nodes

- A pimple-like rash on the face, inside the mouth, and across the body.

The illness can last from 2-4 weeks.