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.


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.

[DOWNLOAD: Free Action News Jax app for alerts as news breaks]

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.

[SIGN UP: Action News Jax Daily Headlines Newsletter]

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.

Click here to download the free Action News Jax news and weather apps, Click here to download the Action News Jax Now app for your smart TV and Click here to stream Action News Jax live.

Comments are closed.