Monkeypox

For questions or guidance about monkeypox,
contact the Erie County Department of Health by
calling 814-451-6700 option 2
or emailing ecdhinfo@eriecountypa.gov.

Number of Cases in Erie County

Cases reported from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25: 0

Total Cases (Since July 2022): 10
Total number of cases does not reflect number of active cases.

 

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a contagious disease and is caused by the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder and rarely fatal.

Anyone can get monkeypox. An individual can get the virus when they come into contact with the sores, scabs, or body fluids of an infected person.

More information on monkeypox:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

5 Things to know About Monkeypox

 

Symptoms of Monkeypox include:

          

  • Rash with blisters on face, hands, feet, body, eyes, mouth or genitals
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue or low energy

 

Prevention

 

Monkeypox virus can spread from person-to-person through close, intimate contact. If you are pregnant, you can possibly pass on the virus to your unborn child.

To prevent getting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact (like kissing, hugging, cuddling or having sex) with someone who has a rash or scabs that may possibly be caused by monkeypox.
  • Do not share or touch potentially contaminated items such as eating utensils, cups, bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick with monkeypox, stay at home. If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with.

 

Vaccination

Monkeypox vaccines are currently available in Erie County with eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible, call 814-451-6700 option 2.

 

Testing

If you have any of the symptoms listed above and believe you may have monkeypox, contact your primary care provider or a health worker for advice. Get tested if possible.

Testing is available in Erie County. Call 814-451-6700 option 2 for assistance.

 

Treatment

There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox virus infections. However, monkeypox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, which means that antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat monkeypox virus infections.

Antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), may be recommended for people who are more likely to get severely ill, like patients with weakened immune systems. For more information about treatments, contact your primary care provider or a health worker for advice.

 

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