As cases increase, the Texas Department of State Health Services is expected to distribute more vaccines in the coming weeks.
AUSTIN, Texas – Cases of monkeypox are on the rise across the country. this Texas Department of State Health Services 338 cases were reported on Friday. that in Sleeve There are 9 confirmed cases and another 32 “hypothetical” cases.
Once a rare disease, monkeypox has now been declared a public health emergency The World Health Organization.
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The name doesn’t necessarily mean it’s contagious or deadly, health experts said.
“This monkeypox virus spreads easily from skin-to-skin contact,” said Dr. David Winter with Baylor Scott & White.
Anyone can be susceptible, but Winter said symptoms can vary.
We were told it starts with muscle aches, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a few weeks later, you get this rash. Well, the rash appears sooner. “Just a few little blisters in places you might not know where to look,” Winter said.
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The rash may last two to four weeks. If someone is exposed to monkeypox, Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the organization State Health Department, said that vaccination may prevent symptoms. However, vaccines are currently in short supply.
“We’ve distributed approximately 14,000 to 15,000 doses statewide, including about 3,000 doses to Austin Public Health,” Van Deusen said.
Austin Public Health It is working to identify monkeypox patients and their close contacts to prevent the spread and administer vaccines only to those who really need them.
“We currently give the vaccine as post-exposure prophylaxis, meaning we give it to people who have been exposed to monkeypox before,” said Heather Cox Sinclair, director of epidemiology and disease surveillance. with APH
People who have been exposed should see a doctor and get tested, Cooks-Sinclair said.
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He said that as they monitor exposure to contacts, they expect the number of cases to increase.
“We’re identifying cases because that’s where we’re looking for them as well,” Cooks-Sinclair said.
The state health department will distribute more vaccines in the coming weeks, Van Deusen said.
“Some additional vaccines will be on our way in the next few weeks. So more vaccines are coming to Texas and we want to send it back to local health departments as much as we can,” Van Dusen said.
For more information on monkeypox cases in Travis County, click here.
For CDC monkeypox signs and symptoms, click here.
For key information about monkeypox from the World Health Organization, click here.
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