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Some basic things a New Yorker must know about Monkeypox

NY State Department of Health has posted a set of guidelines relating to the Monkeypox on its website

 

Are you worried about the spread of Monkeypox, and protecting yourself from this pandemic?  Do you really want to know who is at risk for contracting monkeypox? What are the symptoms and how does monkeypox spread?                Here is a detailed guideline that has been taken from the official website of the New York State Department of Health, in the larger public health interest. 

As of July 15 2022, a total of 490 confirmed orthopoxvirus/monkeypox cases – a designation established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – have been identified with 461 in New York City, 16 in Westchester County, 4 in Suffolk County, 3 in Nassau County, 1 in Sullivan County, 1 in Chemung County, 1 in Rockland County, 1 in Erie County, 1 in St. Lawrence County, and 1 case in Monroe County.

Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. That’s why health officials in New York, the U.S., and around the world are monitoring cases of monkeypox in areas that do not usually report monkeypox infections, including in New York State.

While New Yorkers should not be alarmed, everyone should stay informed about the monkeypox. This means understanding the symptoms, how it spreads, and what to do if you are exposed.

Who is at risk of contracting monkeypox?

Monkeypox spreads through close, physical contact between people. This means anyone can get monkeypox. However, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected by monkeypox more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

Based on previous outbreaks of monkeypox around the world, some groups may also be at heightened risk for severe outcomes if they contract monkeypox. This includes people with weakened immune systems, elderly New Yorkers, young children under 8 years of age, and pregnant people.

 

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face. Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.

How does monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals. This includes:

Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has monkeypox.

Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with monkeypox, particularly for those who have close contact with someone or are around them for a long period of time.

It can also be spread through contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

How can I protect myself?

New Yorkers can protect themselves by taking simple steps, which are especially important for those who may be at higher risk for severe disease, including people with weakened immune systems:

Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms.

If you are exposed or experience symptoms, make sure to reach out to a health care provider.

Follow reputable sources of health information, including NYSDOH, CDC, and your local county health department.

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