Monkeypox continues to spread worldwide, with 22 cases now reported in Connecticut.
Health officials in New York, where monkeypox cases are in the thousands, are offering vaccines to high-risk individuals, including:
Currently, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is not offering pre-exposure vaccines for monkeypox, according to Henry Anyimadu, MD, FACP, chief of infectious disease for Hartford HealthCare’s Central Region. Vaccines are being given to people exposed to the virus.
“That will likely change for us as the DPH is actively considering [pre-exposure vaccines] and the guidance may change this week,” Dr. Anyimadu said.
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn’t recommending widespread vaccination against monkeypox.
Anyone in Connecticut who’s had close contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox can get a vaccine by calling the DPH at 860.509.7994 (860.509.8000 after business hours). So far, Connectiut has distributed 27 of it 2,004 doses.
Post-exposure vaccine should be given within two weeks of contact with an infected person.
Symptoms of monkeypox include:
Monkeypox lasts two to four weeks after an incubation period of one to three weeks. It is fatal for about one in 10 infected people.
The World Health Organization recently elevated monkeypox to a global health emergency.
The CDC recommends the following steps to prevent monkeypox:
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