STATUS OF MONKEYPOX IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY USA 12 ACTIVE CASES: MPOX VAX AVAILABLE IN WHITE PLAINS MONDAY. VACCINATION SCHEDULE ISSUED BELOW

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER GIVES UPDATE ON

MONKEYPOX IN WESTCHESTER.

VACCINES ONLY GIVEN TO PERSONS OVER 18 IF YOU SHOW SYMPTOMS OF DISEASE. ONLY PEOPLE . MUST CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT MONDAY 12 NOON 914-813-5000. 2 SHOTS OF THE POX VAX REQUIRED WITHIN 4 WEEKS

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER From the Westchester County Department of Communications. July 16, 2022 UPDATED 5:45 P.M. E.DT. BY EDITOR:

County Executive George Latimer and Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler confirmed Friday there are 12 active cases of orthopoxvirus, also known as Monkeypox, in Westchester. To prevent further spread of the virus, the Westchester County Health Department will be holding Monkeypox vaccine clinics starting Monday. The County is focused on getting the symptomatic tested, vaccinating those exposed and educating the public. 

The county has received supplies of the monkeypox vaccine and will begin administerting the first shots Monday at various locations. Only persons 18 or older are cleared for the vaccine. According to Dr. Amler you must be diagnosed with symptoms of the disease to receive the vaccine. Dr. Amler said the vaccine unlike the covid vaccine can act as a “prophylactic” and cure the disease. The disease if untreated with the vaccine can last 4 weeks.

Pictures of a monkeypox victim showing how the disease affects the skin (Provided by Editor)
Close up of a typical Monkeypox pustule (upper left) should you get the disease (Provided by Editor)


Latimer said: “While the risk for Monkeypox remains low for Westchester County residents, we want everyone to be aware that this virus can spread from person to person. Monkeypox can be transferred from the time symptoms begin, until the rash has fully healed and a new layer of skin has formed. If you feel you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, we encourage you get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Amler said: “We should not be alarmed, but we should stay informed about the symptoms and how the virus is spread. Residents should seek care immediately if they present symptoms consistent with Monkeypox, such as rashes or lesions. This will help us to prevent a further spread of the virus in the County.”

Dr. Amler said the disease can also be picked from the clothing an infected person with Monkey Pox as worn.

Testing for Monkeypox is done by swabbing a lesion. To be tested a lesion must be present, or an individual must have had an exposure in 14 days or fewer. Testing is now being processed at commercial labs in New York State, and results are returned within 48 hours.

The Monkeypox vaccine is a two dose vaccine with 28 days between doses for adults 18+. Westchester County received 450 doses of MPX vaccine from New York State in the first batch, and 520 doses in the second batch. The County Health Department is working with New York State to obtain more vaccine.

The Phase I Plan for MPX vaccine distribution is as follows:

ProviderDoses
Westchester Medical Center100
Open Door Family Medical Center100
White Plains Hospital/Family Medicine Clinic10
St John’s Riverside Hospital’s Hope Community Center.100
Westchester County Department of Health50
Remaining Supply90

The Phase II Plan for MPX vaccine distribution is as follows:

The Westchester County Health Department will hold clinics on Mondays from 12-3 p.m., and Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at 134 Court Street, White Plains. This is by appointment only, and individuals must attest that they meet the criteria. To make an appointment, visit the Health Department Website or call 914-995-5800.

All positive cases of a County resident are required to be reported to the Westchester County Health Department, who will conduct contact tracing. If the contact meets the criteria, they should reach out to the Health Department or one of the other locations listed above to be vaccinated. 

Westchester County is working closely with its LGBTQ Advisory Board and The Loft to educate the public and reach those who are most at risk.

Mr. Latimer said there were currently 1,470 persons nationwide who have monkeypox. Of that 1,470, 414 are in the State of New York and 389 of them are in New York City. Westchester as of 6 PM Saturday evening was reported to have 16 cases, (four more since Friday morning.

For more information on Monkeypox, visit: health.ny.gov/Monkeypox.

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