Monkeypox cases have been identified in Dallas County. The monkeypox virus spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. Those infected with monkeypox may experience fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, as well as more serious complications. This resource page provides information to help answer your questions concerning monkeypox infections.
It can take up to three weeks for symptoms to appear; early ones can include fever, chills, enlarged lymph nodes, aches, and exhaustion, the most obvious one being painful blisters. ***However*** WHO reports that many cases are “atypical” to traditional symptoms and disease progression; there may be only a few or even just a single lesion, and it can be in just the genital or perianal area. The New York Times (NYT) reports a substantial number of patients report symptoms are unexpectedly severe, and painful; additionally NYT states men are challenged by sores in their mouths and anus.
Vaccine remains in low supply in Dallas county and can only be offered to people who meet one of the below criteria. If you suspect you are at high risk, you may call (972) 692-2780.
Persons who had close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox.
Men 18+ who have sex with men who have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days.