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The West Central Florida County Health Departments are Responding to and Monitoring the Nationwide Monkeypox Outbreak

By Christina Louv-Pickle

July 29, 2022

Pasco County, Fla – The West Central Florida County Health Departments are responding to and monitoring the monkeypox outbreak. There are cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside of endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

In the event of a monkeypox case, the West Central Florida County Health Departments will conduct and continue to conduct epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. The West Central Florida County Health Departments will offer the monkeypox vaccine to high-risk groups as doses become available from the federal government.

Up to date information on monkeypox is available at FloridaHealth.gov. Case data for monkeypox, as well as other reportable diseases, can be found on FLHealthCharts.gov.

Prevention and Treatment

If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediately contact your local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low.

Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:

The public should also remain vigilant of the current meningococcal outbreak. Demographic impacts are similar among meningococcal and monkeypox cases. The meningococcal vaccines are available to high-risk populations at every county health department, free of charge. Floridians can find more information on meningococcal disease here.

For more information or questions, please contact your county health department.

DOH-Citrus

(352) 527-0068

DOH-Manatee

(941) 748-0747

DOH-Hardee

(863) 773-4161

DOH-Pasco

(727) 619-0300

DOH-Hernando

(352) 540-6800

DOH-Pinellas

(727) 824-6900

DOH-Highlands

(863) 386-6040

DOH-Polk

(863) 519-7900

DOH-Hillsborough

(813) 307-8000

DOH-Sarasota

(941) 861-2900

About the Florida Department of Health 

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. 

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