Florida Department of Health in Baker County monitoring nationwide monkeypox outbreak – Action News Jax

BAKER COUNTY, Fla – Cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox for the general population remains low.

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In the event of a case of monkeypox, the DOH-Baker will conduct an investigation to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH-Baker 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. Data on cases of monkeypox, as well as other notifiable diseases, can be found at FLHealthCharts.gov.

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The prevention and treatment recommended by health professionals are as follows:

If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, contact your local health department immediately or 24/7 Illness Reporting Hotline at 850-245-4401.

Local county health departments can help providers obtain real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests specific to the monkeypox virus.

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Human-to-human transmission typically requires prolonged face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing.

The risk of exposure therefore remains low.

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