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Monkey Pox in Alabama

Emergency Healthcare

Alabama public officials recently said they’ve identified the state’s first known cases of monkeypox, a disease emerging in more than 50 countries and most states in the United States.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said in news releases two cases have been identified, the first in Mobile County and the second in Jefferson County.

Dr. Wes Stubblefield says monkeypox has been around for quite some time. Cases began emerging in Europe and the United States this spring.

Most of the roughly 1,000 cases reported in the U.S. have been among men who have sex with men, but health officials stress that anyone can get the disease.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.