DOH Leon Confirms First Monkeypox Case in Leon County

DOH Leon Confirms First Monkeypox Case in Leon County Resident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2022

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

Tallahassee, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), has identified the first case of monkeypox infection in a Leon County resident.

There are confirmed cases of monkeypox in 48 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside of endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

DOH Leon is conducting epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH Leon 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, iimmediatelycontact your local health department 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 meningococcal vaccines 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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About the Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Media Contact:

Pamela Saulsby Public Information Officer
[email protected]
850-404-6220

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