One Confirmed, One Probable Case of Monkeypox Reported in Martin County
Martin County - Tuesday August 2, 2022: The first Monkeypox cases have now been reported on the Treasure Coast. The Florida Department of Public Health in Martin County reported 2 possible case Monday.
One of the Martin County cases is confirmed, the other is probable, according to the Reportable Disease Frequency Report on the Florida Health website.
The report does not provide any further information about the age or sex of the two individuals, or where or how they may have contracted the disease. Martin County Health officials are investigating to learn where they got it, and to prevent its spread.
No other cases have been reported in Indian River, St. Lucie or Okeechobee Counties.
Monkeypox is characterized by a rash that develops into hard, round, fluid or pus-filled skin lesions. Transmission generally requires close human-to-human contact with the lesions or with contaminated items like clothing. The disease is rarely fatal.
The Department of Health in Martin County says the risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.
As of August 1, 5,811 confirmed cases of monkeypox had been reported in 48 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. So far the majority of cases have occurred amongst gay men.
On Monday California and Illinois declared states of emergency, joining New York state which issued an emergency declaration last Friday.
Southern Florida is considered a hotspot for the disease with Broward County reporting 226 cases, Miami-Dade 113, and Palm Beach reporting 30.
Health care providers who suspect a possible case of monkeypox are asked to contact their local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401.
A vaccine is available and anyone seeking to get vaccination should contact their local health care provider or county public health department to learn more.
Learn more about monkeypox:
- Monkeypox symptoms, especially among individuals with relevant travel history.
- Transmission and incubation periods.
- Specimen collection.
- Infection control procedures in the home and hospital settings.
- Clinical recognition, and the characteristic rash associated with monkeypox.
- Prophylaxis and possible treatments for monkeypox.
- Monitoring of those exposed to monkeypox.