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Michigan Department of Community Health Emergency Order Regarding Monkeypox Prevention
STATE OF MICHIGAN
1) Rodents (order Rodentia) from Africa capable of transmitting monkeypox virus to humans have been imported into the United States;
2) In the United States, the monkeypox virus has been diagnosed in Prairie dogs (Cynomys sp.), which are capable of transmitting the monkeypox virus to humans and other species;
3) Individuals in states neighboring the State of Michigan, including Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois, have been diagnosed as having contracted monkeypox;
4) The following eight species may be capable of transmitting the monkeypox virus to humans:
5) All residents of the State of Michigan are at risk of exposure to the monkeypox virus through exposure to animals that may be capable of transmitting the virus to humans;
6) This condition or practice could reasonably be expected to cause death, disease, or serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of the danger can be eliminated through enforcement procedures otherwise provided;
7) This situation constitutes an imminent danger to the health or lives of residents of the State of Michigan; and
8) This determination is based on information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and David R. Johnson, M.D., Chief Medical Executive, Michigan Department of Community Health.
Now, Therefore, It Is Hereby Ordered that:
B) This order does not apply to the transportation of the listed species to veterinarians or animal control officials. Also, it does not apply to authorized employees and agents of the Michigan Departments of Community Health, Agriculture, and Natural Resources in the discharge of their official duties.
C) This order does not apply to rabbits (Family Leporidae) only when:
D) A copy of this order shall be delivered to newspapers of general circulation and other news media;
E) A copy of this order may be posted in a prominent location at sites where animals may be sold, distributed, or exchanged.
F) This order may be amended to include other species as additional information about monkeypox and its transmission is acquired.
Pursuant to Section 2261 of the Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, being MCL 333.2261, a person who violates this order is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or a fine of not more than $200.00 or both.
Dated: June 13, 2003
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