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Posted on: July 13, 2022

First confirmed case of monkeypox in Taylor County

First confirmed case of monkeypox reported in Taylor County

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD) has received confirmation of the first case of monkeypox within the county. The Health District is currently investigating and collecting details on the case, and has found no current risk to the general public. ATCPHD will work with local, federal and state partners to continue to monitor the situation.

Monkeypox is most commonly spread through contact with body fluids, lesions, or shared items that have been contaminated with fluids by a person with monkeypox such as bedding. 

Symptoms of monkeypox may include rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, or body aches. A rash symptomatic of monkeypox can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

Monkeypox cases are occurring nation-wide. Persons who are at high risk for monkeypox exposure should be aware of their risk and seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of monkeypox and follow their health care providers instructions for isolation until test results are available.

For more information on monkeypox, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html or contact the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District at 325.692.5600.

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