Despite rumors on social media, no cases of monkeypox in Troup; vaccination clinic planned – LaGrange Daily News

As confirmed cases of monkeypox continue to rise statewide, District 4 Public Health will hold three appointment-only vaccination clinics on Friday, August 5 at its Lamar, Spalding, and Troup county health departments. .

As of noon Wednesday, Aug. 3, District 4 epidemiologists said no confirmed cases had been reported in Troup County, according to Natalie Shelton, District 4 public information officer and risk communicator.

Registration links for the next three vaccination clinics will be available online beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 4 at as well as on the District 4 Public Health Facebook and Instagram pages. All District 4 County Health Services Facebook pages will also provide the link.

Appointments at the Troup County Health Department will be available between 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lamar County is 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Vaccines are free and there is no residency requirement

Due to the limited number of doses available in the state, DPH said only people currently at high risk of contracting monkeypox are eligible for a vaccine. Currently, those considered to be at high risk are men who identify as having sex with men and who have had a sexual partner in the past 14 days who has been diagnosed with monkeypox or who have had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days. days in an area known for monkeypox. Anyone receiving the vaccine must be 18 years of age or older.

District 4 Public Health said it will continue to book more appointments at health departments in its county as it receives new vaccine shipments from the state. It will also notify the public if the eligibility requirements change.

“District 4 had its first monkeypox vaccination clinic last night at the Henry County Health Department, and we were very encouraged by the feedback we received from those who came,” said Shelton. “They said the online registration process was easy to navigate, and several mentioned that they were grateful to have secured an appointment after trying in several other places that were already busy.”

Although the current global epidemic appears to primarily affect men who have sex with men, monkeypox affects everyone, Shelton said.

“Cases of monkeypox in humans have been reported worldwide since 1970, and it has been shown over the years to be non-discriminatory,” she said. “However, unlike COVID-19, the monkeypox virus does not spread easily between people, and the CDC still considers the risk to the general public to be low.”

According to information from the CDC, monkeypox can be spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact with an infected person who has symptoms. Brief interactions that do not involve physical contact are not high risk. The virus can be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s rash, scabs, or body fluids. respiratory droplets (saliva) during direct and prolonged face-to-face contact with an infected person; and contact with bedding, clothing, or other objects that have been contaminated with bodily fluids or wounds from an infected person

A person with monkeypox can pass it on to others from the time symptoms appear until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. The illness usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks.

People are urged to call their local health department if they have been exposed to monkeypox or are currently showing signs and symptoms, especially red lesions or a pimple-like rash that appears on the face or other parts from the body. Callers will be asked for their contact information so that a nurse can call them back by the end of the day. Depending on a person’s symptoms and history, the nurse may then need to consult with a medical epidemiologist after the phone screening to determine if someone should be tested.

Due to the time required for this process, the health department is unable to accept walk-in visits for suspected monkeypox. People who come to the health service because they think they have monkeypox will be asked for their contact details so that a nurse can call them by the end of the day.

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