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Monkeypox Information and Resources

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking multiple cases associated with a recent outbreak of monkeypox that has been reported in several countries, including the United States. Austin Public Health tracks cases of monkeypox in Travis County, with the dashboard updating weekly on Thursdays. As of August 9th, APH declared monkeypox a public health emergency due to rising cases in the community.

How is monkeypox spread?
Anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of age or sex, though the virus does not spread easily. It is most commonly transmitted through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact with infected people or animals. It can also be spread through contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox. It can also be spread via respiratory secretions or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact; however, it does not linger in the air and is not thought to be transmitted during short periods of shared air space. People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
A rash or sores, sometimes located on hands, feet, chest, face, around the genitals, or inside the body including mouth, vagina or anus. Other symptoms of monkeypox can include, fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. Sometimes these symptoms occur before the onset of the characteristic rash or sores.

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox?
If you have symptoms of monkeypox, you should see a health care provider for testing. If you do not have a provider, you can call Austin Public Health’s Equity Line at 512-972-5560. You should only get tested for monkeypox if you are experiencing rash symptoms.

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?
Austin Public Health (APH) is currently able to vaccinate those who have been identified as close contacts to presumptive and confirmed monkeypox cases. This is following the guidance of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Where can I learn more?
For more information about monkeypox, please visit the FAQ page provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Austin Public Health has a dedicated nurseline for questions about monkeypox: 512-972-5560.


CDC Monkeypox resources
Austin Public Health
Austin Public Health – Monkeypox vaccine eligibility
Kind Clinic – Monkeypox: Facts not Fear
Monkeypox Testing Providers near Austin, TX