Tarrant County Public Health Reports First Monkeypox Virus Infection


Magaly Ayala
Sr. Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health

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Tarrant County Public Health Reports First Monkeypox Virus Infection

July 11, 2022 - (Tarrant County) - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reports the first case of Monkeypox within the county. Our Epidemiology Division is investigating and still obtaining details on the case. Currently, the general public is not considered at risk. TCPH will work with local, federal and state partners to continue to monitor the situation.

Monkeypox can spread through contact with body fluids, lesions, or shared items that have been contaminated with fluids by a person with monkeypox such as bedding. Monkeypox can also spread through respiratory droplets to persons in close proximity after prolonged exposure (over three hours). Symptoms of monkeypox may include rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and body aches. 

Monkeypox cases are accruing nation-wide within sexual networks. Persons who are at high risk for monkeypox exposure should be aware of their risk and seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of monkeypox.

For more information go to the TCPH Monkeypox page or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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News release date: July 11, 2022