Arizona Department of Health Launches Monkeypox Information Website | Local

TUCSON (KVOA) – The state health department has launched a new website to help residents understand the monkeypox outbreak.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of August 6, the state had 118 reported cases of monkeypox, with most occurring in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

The rare viral infection has been reported since May in several countries. The ADHS says it is rarely life threatening, but can cause rashes and painful lesions.

They say the resource is a way for Arizonans to “know, prevent, identify and treat.”

Information from ADHS:

Know: Monkeypox is transmitted by very close contact, often intimate. The site has an infographic explaining activities that put people at high risk for monkeypox. This also explains that monkeypox is not transmitted through brief conversations or walking past an infected person, so the risk from normal activities such as shopping, using a public restroom or going to a restaurant is quite low.

Prevent: Vaccines are available for people at high risk or who have been exposed to monkeypox. Contact your local health department for more information. Residents of Maricopa County or Pima County interested in vaccination can complete their vaccine interest forms.

Identify: Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms (e.g. including on or near genitalia). Testing is available in Arizona. Contact your health care provider to arrange testing.

Treat: Medications are available and may be recommended by your doctor.

For more information, visit ADHS – Monkeypox – Home (azdhs.gov).

Edwin S. Wolfe