Monkeypox Outbreak

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monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox Outbreak


Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder and rarely fatal.  

Monkeypox spreads in several ways including:
• Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids 
• Respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, kissing or cuddling
• Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
• Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed 
• The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks 
• People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others

Fulton County Board of Health will follow CDC recommendations and guidelines regarding the monkeypox vaccine
• Priority monkeypox vaccines will be distributed to people that are high risk of infection:
o People who are close personal contacts of people with monkeypox,
o Individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox, 
o People who have increased risk of being exposed to the virus such as lab workers
• Individuals are urged to speak with their healthcare provider if they are in one of these groups. 
• Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their healthcare provider, even if they don’t think they had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
• A person who is sick with monkeypox should isolate at home. If they have an active rash or other symptoms, they should be in a separate room or area from other family members and pets when possible.

Everyone should follow steps for prevention and protection:
• Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox
• Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox
• Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have close personal contact with someone with monkeypox
• Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox
• Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

The CDC has published recommendations for reducing the chance of exposure to monkeypox during sexual and intimate social encounters, available here.