As of July 14,th New Jersey has recorded 27 cases of monkeypox – a rare illness, but one that has been spreading throughout the U.S. since May of 2022. Risk to the general public is low, but residents are encouraged to contact their doctor right away if they are concerned about any rashes or sores (pox), with or without other symptoms such as fever, headache, or swollen lymph nodes. The rash could look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
■ Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
■ Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
■ Contact with respiratory secretions. If you are concerned about possible exposure or have compatible symptoms, avoid close contact with people and pets, do not share linens, dishes or utensils, and wear a mask until your healthcare provider has completed their evaluation.
As with all communicable diseases, the Hopewell Township Health Department is ready to work in conjunction with local healthcare providers to quickly identify monkeypox cases and their close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and prevent the further spread of disease. For more information please visit https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/monkeypox.shtml.