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FDOH-Martin is Responding to the Nationwide Monkeypox Outbreak

By Renay Rouse

August 02, 2022

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH-Martin) is responding to the monkeypox outbreak. There are cases of monkeypox in most states across the country. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

DOH-Martin is conducting epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH-Martin is offering the vaccine to identified close contacts of the cases. Vaccine for the general public is not available at this time.

Up to date information on monkeypox is available at FloridaHealth.gov. Case data for monkeypox, as well as other reportable diseases, can be found on FLHealthCharts.gov.

Prevention and Treatment
If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediately contact your local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low. Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:

The public should also remain vigilant of the current meningococcal outbreak. Demographic impactsare similar among meningococcal and monkeypox cases. The meningococcal vaccines are available to high-risk populations at every county health department, free of charge.