First case of Monkeypox in Rockland County

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NEW CITY – A Rockland County resident has been diagnosed with Monkeypox, county officials said.

Testing was conducted at the state’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory.

County officials said the confirmed case is limited to one person who has not had any contact with anyone locally and poses no risk to county residents.

As of June 28, a total of 61 confirmed cases have been identified in New York State including 55 in New York City, four in Westchester County, one in Sullivan County and one in Chemung County.

Monkeypox cases in this outbreak have involved a rash, often in the genital and peri-anal areas, and may also include other symptoms including fever, swollen lymph nodes, and pain when swallowing, before or after the rash appears. Most infections last two to four weeks.

Those who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox should contact their health care provider.

“Following measles and COVID-19, I want to assure residents that our Department of Health is well prepared to track and manage this situation and respond accordingly,” said County Executive Ed Day.

To learn more about monkeypox, check out the state Health Department at www.health.ny.gov/monkeypox.