SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio community and surrounding areas are concerned by the growing number of monkeypox cases reported in Bexar County.
While the risk to the general public is currently low, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has understandably put people on edge when it comes to unfamiliar viruses and diseases. Metro Health says everyone should be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and seek medical attention if they experience them.
Below are the latest updates on monkeypox in Bexar County and you can track cases directly through Metro Health's dashboard here.
Thursday, August 11
Bexar County authorities report a lone additional monkeypox case, bringing the total to 17.
Friday, August 5
Bexar County health authorities reports another three monkeypox cases, bringing the total to 16.
Thursday, August 4
The U.S. declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, bolstering the national response and freeing up additional resources to fight the virus.
Tuesday, August 2
San Antonio Metro Health has received 1,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccien from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The vaccine JYNNEOSTM is enough to fully vaccinate 500 people. A full dose include two shots, officials said.
Friday, July 29
The monkeypox case total in Bexar County nearly doubled this week, with 13 cases now reported in the San Antonio area entering the weekend.
Friday, July 22
Two new cases were reported in Bexar County Friday. That brings the total number of cases to seven.
Monday, July 18
Metro Health reported five total cases in Bexar County on Monday.
Friday, July 15
Metro Health reported three total cases in Bexar County and announced the addition of an online dashboard to track cases.
Thursday, July 14
Bexar County confirmed its first two cases of monkeypox. KENS 5 spoke with Dr. Anita Kurian, the Assistant Director of San Antonio Metro Health Communicable Disease Division, about the risks and how monkeypox is transmitted. Here is some of what she said.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body, like the hands/palms, feet, chest or genitals. The rash goes through different stages before healing completely.
To prevent the spread of monkeypox, individuals can:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact in large crowds where people are wearing minimal clothing (such as nightclubs, festivals, raves, saunas, and bathhouses).
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with someone with a new, unexplained rash.
- If you were exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Healthcare providers can provide testing and care for people with monkeypox.
- If sick with monkeypox, isolate at home until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting infection that does not require hospitalization.
More information about how to prevent infection can be found on the CDC Monkeypox website.