Monkeypox cases up to 39 in Minnesota
An employee works in an analysis laboratory of a Monkeypox vaccination site in Paris on August 3, 2022. - Despite a shortage of people to administer shots, the vaccination campaign is gaining momentum in the Paris region, which has been the epicentre of France's outbreak. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Minnesota Health Department is reporting 39 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the state so far.

State epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield says all of the state’s cases are in adult men between the ages of 18 and 55.

“If you think you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact or see your healthcare provider. health care providers can swab skin or mucosal lesions or rash or monkeypox testing.”

Dr. Lynfield says there is no test for people who are asymptomatic.

“People who do not have symptoms should not get tested unlike with COVID we do not have the ability to test for monkeypox in asymptomatic lesion-free people,” Dr. Lynfield told the Minnesota News Network.

However there is vaccine available for those who have monkeypox, although supply is currently limited.

Minnesota News Network