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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District as the public health agency serving the City of San Antonio and Bexar County has confirmed two cases of monkeypox.  Both individuals are currently isolating, following all recommended guidance, and all close contacts have been notified. As of 7/18/22,  Texas has 42 cases of monkeypox reported.

Currently, risk to the public remains low. Individuals should be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and seek medical attention if they experience new, unexplained rashes or skin lesions.  Recently identified cases have involved skin lesions in the genital, groin, and anal regions that might be confused with rashes caused by common diseases such as herpes and syphilis.  Other early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through skin-to-skin contact, especially direct contact with a rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.  Additionally, touching objects, fabrics, and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox or close contact with respiratory secretions can transmit the disease.  This contact can happen during oral, anal, and vaginal sex or while touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox.

◾Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact in large crowds where people are wearing minimal clothing (such as nightclubs, festivals, raves, saunas, and bathhouses).
◾Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with someone with a new, unexplained rash.
◾If you were exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Healthcare providers can provide testing and care for people with monkeypox.
◾If sick with monkeypox, isolate at home until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting infection that does not require hospitalization.

Supplies of the vaccine against monkeypox are limited at this time. Currently in Bexar County, vaccination is being offered only to people identified as contacts during San Antonio Metropolitan Health District case investigations.

VACCINATIONS: San Antonio Metro Health has received 1,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine JYNNEOSTM from the Texas Department of State Health Services, enough to fully vaccinate 500 people.

To protect the people most at risk, 720 vaccine doses to cover 360 people will be distributed to existing patients at the following clinics:

Vaccines will be provided to these patients by appointment only at these 6 clinics. As additional vaccine becomes available, distribution will be expanded.

View a list of FAQ's regarding Monkeypox here.

If you believe you may have exposed to Monkeypox, please call the Metro Health Immunization Clinic at 210-207-8876.

More information about Monkeypox and how to prevent infection can be found here.

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