East Farmingdale, NY- The monkeypox virus has been confirmed in person in Suffolk County. County Health Officials announced the first case of monkeypox virus on Friday saying in a press release “While the current risk to the general public is low, we urge the public as well as healthcare providers in Suffolk County to be aware that this rare virus has been found in the region and to know the signs and symptoms and manner of transmission of the monkeypox virus,” said Suffolk County Health Commissioner Gregson Pigott.
As of data released on July 1, New York State had recorded a total of 96 cases of monkeypox virus.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the first suspected case of monkeypox is the U.S. was identified on May 17, 2022. As of July 1, 2022 the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. according to the CDC, rose to 460.
The monkeypox can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact as well as respiratory droplets.
Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the monkeypox virus should contact their physician.
Photo Credit: NHS England High Consequence Infectious Diseases Network
By Brett Levine