Ulster County has first monkeypox case

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KINGSTON – Ulster County has its first confirmed case of monkeypox, County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith said Saturday.

She said the county has been poised to respond to quickly to ensure public health and safety. Public health nurses are conducting case investigation to identify any potential close contacts, and those close contacts will be offered the vaccine by the county health department.

Others who believe they have been exposed to monkeypox may also be eligible for the vaccine and should call their doctor, health officials said.

Dr. Smith said the county has “a limited supply of the JYNNEOS vaccine to administer to individuals who meet the criteria established by the New You State Department of Health.”

Monkeypox is a viral infection in the same family as smallpox and spreads in several ways such as by direct contact with monkeypox lesions through skin-to-skin contact, or by contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from someone with monkeypox.

It can also spread through touching objects, fabric – clothing, bedding, or towels – and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

For more information:

  • Follow @UCDeptHealth on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for more information on Monkeypox.
  • Call the Ulster County Service Center at 845-443-8888, Monday-Friday, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Ask to speak to a public health nurse, if reporting symptoms.
  • Visit the New York State Department of Health’s website to learn more: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/monkeypox/.