Ulster County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith reported that Ulster County has its first confirmed case of Monkeypox.
Public health nurses are conducting case investigation to identify any potential close contacts, and those close contacts will be offered the JYNNEOS vaccine by the Ulster County Department of Health. Others who believe they have been exposed may also be eligible for the vaccine and should call their doctor.
“I want to reassure residents that we are actively managing these developments through our team of public health experts and in coordination with the State Department of Health,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said.
Monkeypox is a viral infection in the same family as smallpox and spreads in several ways such as by direct contact with Monkeypox lesions through skin-to-skin contact, or by contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from someone with Monkeypox. It can also spread through touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
Monkeypox symptoms can include:
• Rashes, bumps or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like 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.