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THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN PALM BEACH COUNTY IS RESPONDING TO THE NATIONWIDE MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK

By Communications Office

July 21, 2022

Contact:

Communications Office

chd50contactus@flhealth.gov

561-671-4014

 

Palm Beach County, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) is responding to the monkeypox outbreak. There are cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC. To date, there have been no monkeyp ox-related deaths outside of endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

DOH-Palm Beach continues to conduct epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH-Palm Beach will offer the monkeypox vaccine to high-risk groups as doses become available from the federal government.

Up to date information on monkeypox is available at FloridaHealth.gov. Case data for monkeypox, as well as other reportable diseases, can be found on FLHealthCharts.gov.

Prevention and Treatment

If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediately contact your local healthdepartment or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face -to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low.

Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:

The public should also remain vigilant of the current meningococcal outbreak. Demographic impacts are similar among meningococcal and monkeypox cases. The meningococcalvaccines are available to high-risk populations at every county health department, free of charge.

Floridians can find more information on meningococcal disease here.

 

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