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New Hanover County offers vaccinations and education to monitor monkeypox, reduce risk

New Hanover County, North Carolina – The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Public Health and Pandemic Operations Team is monitoring the current global outbreak of monkeypox and what it means for the community, and the state and CDC are to provide immunizations and testing, and educate communities to minimize the spread of the virus.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease that is transmitted through close physical contact. This includes, but is not limited to, skin-to-skin contact, prolonged face-to-face contact, or prolonged contact with items that come in contact with the virus. Anyone can get monkeypox and spread it. So far, confirmed cases in North Carolina and across the United States have spread primarily among men who have sex with other men or transgender individuals. are believed to be exposed to the virus through close contact during sexual activity, but sexual intimacy is not the only way to get monkeypox, nor is it confined to same-sex or transgender people.

Hanover County’s new health director, David Howard, said: “So far, we’ve seen a high number of cases in the LGBTQIA population, but monkeypox has infected people outside of these groups as well. This could be the result of chance.” “There are currently no confirmed cases among New Hanover County residents, but we do expect there to be. We will continue to assess community needs, stand ready to scale up our response, and strive to address the impact head-on in our county wherever possible.”

monkeypox vaccine

The Jynneos vaccine can prevent monkeypox or reduce the severity of the disease in high-risk individuals when given within 2 weeks of exposure. County Pandemic Operations Centers are providing Jinneos free of charge to individuals who identify themselves as meeting any of the following criteria:

  • Close contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox in the past 14 days
  • Certain health care workers and public health response team members designated by public health authorities
  • Men who have sex with other men or transgender individuals who have reported any of the following in the last 90 days:
    • have multiple or anonymous sex partners
    • have been diagnosed with an STD
    • Administration of HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)

The Jynneos vaccine is available Monday through Friday at the Pandemic Operations Center, 1507 Greenfield Street, Wilmington. Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, please call 910-798-6800.

reduce risk

In addition to getting vaccinated if eligible, health officials are encouraging communities to take three steps to prevent monkeypox:

  1. Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have new or unexplained rashes or lesions.
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of monkeypox patients.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone who has monkeypox.
  2. Avoid contact with objects or materials used by monkeypox patients.
    • Do not share utensils or cups with monkeypox patients.
    • Do not handle or touch a monkeypox patient’s bedding, towels, or clothing.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

CDC also encourages individuals to make temporary changes in some behaviors that may increase the risk of exposure, including safer sex practices. For more information, visit the CDC website here.

about monkeypox

Monkeypox is very rare and is caused by an orthopox virus. Although discovered in monkeys in 1958, the virus is more commonly transmitted by rodents, and the first human case was not seen until 1970. Since then, monkeypox cases have been reported in many Western and Central African countries. The current global monkeypox outbreak began in May, and since then more than 80 countries have reported monkeypox cases. In North Carolina, he had his first confirmed case on June 23, and he now has more than 120 cases statewide. Last week, monkeypox was declared a public health emergency in the United States. Viruses are rarely fatal, but can cause very painful symptoms.

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