OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Health officials in Oklahoma say monkeypox cases have risen in the Sooner State.

On Friday, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed that the state’s case count for monkeypox has grown to 24.

Nine of the cases are in northeast Oklahoma, while 13 are located in central parts of the state. Two other cases are in southeast Oklahoma.

As of Friday, authorities believe there are 9 active cases of the virus in Oklahoma.

Health officials say the virus is not easily transmissible. Monkeypox can be transmitted to humans through direct, physical contact with an infected person or animal.

“It’s not something that if you’re out and about you’re going to have the risk of being exposed to monkeypox,” said Jolianne Stone, Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist. “You have to be in close contact.”

Transmission can also occur between humans through respiratory droplets or through direct contact with bodily fluids and lesions.

Monkeypox symptoms can include fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, as well as firm, lesions.

A person with monkeypox will not see symptoms for 12 days, according to the state health department.

OSDH is advising clinicians to have a heightened awareness if a suspicious rash, consistent with monkeypox, shows up on someone who has traveled to countries with recently confirmed cases of the virus, reported having contact with a person or people who have similar appearing rash or have received a positive test result for monkeypox.

If you are concerned about having monkeypox symptoms or would like more information, call (405) 426-8710.