Monkeypox has been detected in Tompkins County according to the Tompkins County Health Department. A resident in the county has been identified by the TCHD with monkeypox.
During an investigation the health department concluded that there were no local close contacts, but is asking all residents to remain aware of symptoms and to take steps to reduce your risk.
Symptoms of monkeypox include:
- Rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face which are not clearly due to another known cause.
- Please note that this current strain of monkeypox has a rash that does not present as it has previously; internet searches for “monkeypox rashes” may look different; any suspicious new rashes, bumps or blisters should be examined by a healthcare provider.
- Swollen lymph glands.
- Suspicion of monkeypox is greater if flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue are present as well. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.