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Posted on: July 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Denton County Reports Fourth Case of Monkeypox Virus Infection

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Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has identified the fourth positive case of monkeypox virus infection in Denton County.  The test results for this case are confirmed. 

The fourth case reports no known exposure to a positive case.  No further personal information will be released to protect patient confidentiality.  DCPH is investigating this case and working to identify individuals who may have had direct contact with the patient. 

Any person can contract monkeypox, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  Monkeypox transmission occurs through close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox, including contact with objects contaminated with the virus from contact with an infected person.  Monkeypox is primarily spread through contact with infectious sores, scabs, or bodily fluids.  The virus can spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact.  

“As previously stated, the risk to the general public remains low.  As monkeypox cases increase, we’re asking the community to be aware of how monkeypox spreads and practice prevention methods recommended by the CDC”, stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.  

There is currently limited monkeypox vaccine supply available.  DCPH will work collaboratively with healthcare providers and other local health departments to identify high-risk contacts of confirmed or probable monkeypox cases.  Vaccination may be offered as post-exposure prophylaxis.

Monkeypox often begins with fever, intense headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.  The time from infection to developing symptoms is usually 7 – 14 days; however, individuals may develop symptoms 5 – 21 days after exposure.  Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should avoid gatherings, sex, or being intimate with anyone until they consult their healthcare provider. 

Please visit dentoncounty.gov/monkeypox for more information about monkeypox symptoms and prevention. 

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