Cape Girardeau County Health Department officials explain how to stay safe from monkeypox virus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Biden Administration has declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency due to rising cases.

Cape Girardeau County health officials say the virus is nothing to fear but people still need to be cautious.

“It’s a rare condition, and so that is cause for concern that we’re seeing where we’re seeing cases outside of where we would typically see it,” said Autumn Grim Assistant Director for the Cape County Health Department.

The virus mainly spreads through close skin-to-skin contact. Grim says the risk to the general population is very low.

Right now, the majority of cases the health department is seeing are in a certain group of individuals in the U.S.

“For you or I the risk for the general community is very, very low,” Grim said.

There is a vaccine for monkeypox, but the supply is very limited. States are getting vaccines based on the number of confirmed cases they have.

The vaccine is also only being offered after a person was potentially exposed to the virus as opposed to before.

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of the monkeypox.

  • Avoid prolonged close contact with others.
  • Be aware of rashes on other people.
  • Wash your hands regularly.

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