Montgomery County Preregistration Survey for Monkeypox Vaccines
Monkeypox continues to be an infection of growing concern in Montgomery County and around the nation. Montgomery County has a limited supply of monkeypox vaccine and has established a new preregistration survey to identify residents who are interested in receiving a vaccination and are at risk for having been exposed to monkeypox in the previous four to 14 days.
The preregistration survey is now online.
Appointments to receive vaccines at Montgomery County-operated clinics are based on eligibility and vaccine supply is not guaranteed.
As of Thursday, Aug. 4, there were 6,617 confirmed monkeypox cases in the United States and 157 cases in Maryland.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox can infect animals, such as monkeys and rodents, as well as humans. The monkeypox virus belongs to the same group of viruses that cause smallpox and is not related to chicken pox.
Monkeypox symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash one to four days later.
Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks.
The first case of human monkeypox was recorded in 1970. Since then, monkeypox has been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Prior to the current outbreak, nearly all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs, or through imported animals.
In May 2022, several clusters of monkeypox were reported in countries that do not normally report human monkeypox cases, including the United States.
Information about symptoms of Monkeypox and how to prevent are on the County website at Monkeypox (montgomerycountymd.gov).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that symptoms of monkeypox can include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Respiratory symptoms (such as sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough).
- A rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus, but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.
- The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
- The rash can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
The CDC further advises that a person infected with Monkeypox may experience all or only a few symptoms:
- Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
- Most people with monkeypox will get a rash.
- Some people have developed a rash before (or without) other symptoms.
This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.
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