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Tompkins County: First case of monkeypox identified

The first case of monkeypox was identified in a Tompkins County resident, said the Tompkins County Health Department on Tuesday.

According to a release, the TCHD has completed the case investigation. The department said they found no evidence of local close contacts.

The department asked residents to remain aware of symptoms and take steps to reduce their risk of contracting the disease.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection spread through close, physical contact between people.

While the virus does not typically cause serious illness, some cases may require hospitalization or, rarely, result in death, according to the New York State Department of Health.

In total, 679 confirmed monkeypox cases have been identified in New York as of Tuesday, July 19. DOH notes the vast majority of those cases were in New York City with some upstate counties also affected.

There have been no monkeypox-related deaths in New York to date, reports the DOH.

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Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “We’re alerting the community to this first case and steps to reduce your personal risk. At this time the guidance is to take precautions to prevent infection and contact your health care provider right away if you suspect you may have come in contact with someone who has the disease or if you are experiencing symptoms.”

For additional information, including details on how monkeypox is spread, symptoms, and risk reduction tips, visit the TCHD’s website here.

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