Monkeypox Outbreak Now a Health Emergency in Dallas County

Larry Lease

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an emergency health declaration as the county deals with monkeypox cases.Mufid Majnun/Unsplash

The monkeypox outbreak is continuing to create havoc across the United States and now it has reached Dallas County. According to Dallas News, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an emergency declaration on Friday, now that cases of the virus have reached 200.

Jenkins declaration comes a day after President Biden's administration declared monkeypox a federal public health emergency as the country faces a nationwide vaccine shortage. Dallas County currently has the largest portion of cases in Texas, with 209 confirmed and 29 suspected cases.

Jenkins said in a press conference that they are going to beat monkeypox by tracing those who have been in contact with a person with monkeypox and testing them. Dallas News reports that they are working to get the vaccine to vulnerable populations. Dallas County's health department just expanded who is eligible for the vaccine. Originally it was only available to those who had direct contact with an infected individual.

Dallas News reports the county received a shipment of a little more than 5,000 of the vaccines last week. Jenkins will use the emergency declaration to get more doses of the vaccine, which are being distributed by the federal government. This new emergency declaration does not require the closure of businesses, unlike the COVID pandemic. Jenkins told Dallas News, that businesses can remain open, people just have to limit skin-to-skin contact with strangers. Similar to COVID-19, Dallas News reports that social distancing and isolating can help prevent the spread of the virus. The county has been struggling with high call volumes after they expanded the eligibility for the vaccine.

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