Monkeypox was first named in 1958 when research monkeys in Denmark were observed to have a “pox-like” disease.
This year, Denton County has reported 17 cases of monkeypox.
The Texas health commissioner addressed the state's latest public health priorities as they continue to deal with COVID-19 and the rise in monkeypox cases.
From how the virus spreads, to who is eligible to get vaccines. Some of the answers to the most commonly asked questions about monkeypox.
Dallas County currently has more monkeypox cases than any other county in Texas.
Dallas County has confirmed more than 200 cases of the virus in 2022. The most of any county in the state.
The U.S. has declared a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the outbreak of monkeypox that already has infected more than 6,600 Americans.
More vaccines are needed according to Dallas County Health and Human Services director Dr. Philip Huang.
With more than 160 cases, Dallas County has the largest outbreak in the state. One of the biggest concerns for people who believe they may be at risk is access to a vaccine. Monday, the county announced it’s expanding that access.
Declaring a global emergency means the monkeypox outbreak is an “extraordinary event” that could spill over into more countries and requires a coordinated global response.
An infant in D.C. tested positive for monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are 76 cases of monkeypox that have been reported in the state over the last month. 28 of those cases are from the North Texas region. Officials say vaccines are the best way to prevent symptoms, but not everyone who wants one can get one.