Monkeypox has been making its way around the world, across the United States, and into New York State.  Now the first confirmed case of the virus has been announced in Monroe County.

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Monkeypox has been making its way across New York with over 350 cases confirmed, including 336 cases in New York City, 1in Erie County, and now the first case has been confirmed in Monroe County.

Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals, and its symptoms include rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face. You could also experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.

The risk to the general public at this time remains generally low according to health officials.

According to the Monroe County Department of Health, the following are ways that Monkeypox can spread.

  • Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes through intimate or skin-to-skin contact
  • Contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with monkeypox
  • Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with monkeypox; historically, these respiratory droplets can only travel a few feet and are of primary concern among those who have very close or prolonged contact

Those experiencing symptoms are asked to stay home.

There is a vaccine available for those who are most at threat, including people who have had sex with a partner diagnosed with monkeypox within the past 14 days, and those who have had multiple sex partners in the past 14 days in an area with monkeypox.

For more info on Monkeypox CLICK HERE.

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