FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VOLUSIA COUNTY RESPONSE TO MONKEY LEASE CASE
Wendi Jackson, Public Information Specialist
Florida Department of Health Volusia County
Daytona Beach, Fl. — The Florida Department of Health Volusia County (DOH-Volusia), Bureau of Public Health Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox in Volusia County. The individual case is isolated.
DOH-Volusia is conducting epidemiologic investigations to report potential exposures and provide potential post-exposure prophylaxis. At this time, DOH-Volusia has not identified any additional cases.
Monkeypox is a viral disease that was once rare in the United States and historically occurred primarily in Central and West Africa. Now, the disease is spreading to non-endemic countries. The monkeypox virus is spread mainly through close and intimate contact with someone who has monkey pox. Transmission of monkeypox generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with an active rash, or indirect contact with an active rash through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. The threat of monkeypox to the general population remains low.
There are no specific treatments for monkeypox. Approved treatments for smallpox can be used because of the similarities between monkeypox and smallpox. Vaccination is recommended within 14 days of exposure to a person infected with monkeypox, but the vaccine is most effective if given within four days.
For more information on Monkeypox please visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/monkeypox/index.html.
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