Monkeypox cases surpass 1,000 in Texas

Of these cases, 450 have been reported in the Houston area.

TEXAS, USA — Texas has reached greater than 1,000 monkeypox cases — 1,119 to be actual as of Friday, in response to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Of these cases, 450 have been reported in the Houston area.

Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department are nonetheless doing what they’ll to cease the unfold by working to get extra doses of the vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the town and the county acquired a complete of 10,000 further monkeypox vaccine doses. The cargo isn’t what well being officers anticipated, however they hope it’s going to assist over 5,000 folks in our space.  

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Health officers warn the virus doesn’t discriminate.

“Remember from COVID, the virus doesn’t really care. It takes advantage of an opportunity to spread and it will continue to do that,” stated Houston Health Department’s Dr. David Persse. “So, right now it’s the men who have sex with men community because that just happens to be where it started. But we really need to try to curtail the spread of the virus in our community.”

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Right now, Houston-area well being officers are attempting to steadiness three issues directly:

  • Trying to prioritize these most in danger 
  • How a lot vaccine the world has
  • The demand

Health officers stated they’re able to serve the demand on the time, however that after all might change.

Here are solutions to some generally requested questions from the Centers for Disease Control.

Who is eligible for the monkeypox vaccine?

The newest Texas Department of State Health Services standards for others who’re eligible now consists of these folks:

  • People with a identified or attainable publicity to the Monkeypox virus stay the best precedence for vaccination.  

For folks 18 and older the listing consists of: 

  • Men who’ve intercourse with males and have had a number of or nameless intercourse companions inside the earlier 21 days;
  • Have a intercourse associate who’s exhibiting signs of monkeypox, similar to a rash or sores;
  • Have had a analysis of HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or early syphilis, inside the earlier 12 months;
  • Are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis;
  • Have a situation that will enhance their danger for extreme illness if contaminated with monkeypox virus, similar to HIV, atopic dermatitis or eczema.

How does monkeypox unfold?

  • The illness, which might trigger a severe pores and skin rash, seems to be spreading largely by way of direct contact with the pores and skin or saliva of an contaminated individual.
  • Monkeypox can unfold from individual to individual by means of direct contact with the rash, scabs or bodily fluids like saliva.
  • It may also be transmitted with extended face-to-face contact by way of respiratory droplets.  
  • Pregnant ladies can transmit the virus to their fetus by means of the placenta.
  • At this time, it isn’t identified if monkeypox can unfold by means of semen or vaginal fluids. However, the DSHS says the vast majority of Texas cases, to this point, contain males who’ve had intercourse with different males.

Monkeypox signs

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills 
  • Exhaustion
  • Rash that appears like pimples or blisters; the rash typically seems first on the face and/or contained in the mouth after which on different components of the physique.

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