Springfield Health Department has one vial of Monkeypox vaccine, enough for two patients – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Nearly 250 cases of Monkeypox have been confirmed here in Ohio, the most recent case from Clark County could be the third possible diagnosis in the Miami Valley.

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Although there is an effective vaccine for those exposed or at risk of being exposed, Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said there is a problem.

“What we like to say is that there are very few vaccines,” Patterson said.

Workers showed Mike Campbell of Newscenter 7 the one and only vial of vaccine the Department of Health has on hand.

The vial contains four doses, enough for two patients to take the necessary series of two protective injections.

Once the vial is used, the Ohio Department of Health will send them more vaccines in an effort to reserve vials for larger cities that have seen more cases.

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Despite the limited number of vaccines available, there are many tests. Public health officials are urging citizens who may be exposed to contact their primary care physician first to rule out any potential health issues before booking a spot in line to get tested at the Health Department .

This disease usually manifests as a series of welts or chickenpox on the skin, similar to chickenpox.

More than 90% of cases are contracted by adult males and are spread through close personal contact.

Those most at risk are those who engage in risky sexual behaviors or those who have multiple sexual partners.

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Patterson said that unless they are immunocompromised, patients will generally have a good prognosis.

“The virus will usually go away on its own in two to three weeks,” Patterson said, “it can be painful, aching and itchy.”

Springfield resident Sharon Fuller is amazed and worried that this is the next health issue being talked about.

“After COVID, I was like what can we think of next.” Fuller said.

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