August 29, 2022–7:26 p.m.
The Georgia Department of Public Health continues to monitor the monkeypox outbreak in the state.
The monkeypox virus can be spread through direct contact with another person who has an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact.
A majority of the population who has contracted monkeypox is gay or bisexual men who have had sex with other men, but anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox can get the illness.
Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District said a vaccine is available and it’s the best way for at-risk populations to stay safe during this outbreak.
Vaccines are only for people who are currently eligible and are by appointment only.
Eligibility is based on the CDC recommendation to prioritize people who are aged 18 or older and are at a high risk of infection, including people who:
- Have been in contact with a monkeypox case identified in the last 14 days
- Are HIV positive and have multiple sex partners
- Men who have sex with other men and have multiple sex partners, or
- A Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis patient who has multiple sex partners
If you meet the monkeypox vaccine eligibility criteria, you can register HERE.