6 cases of monkeypox confirmed in Monroe County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Health leaders say there are six confirmed cases of monkeypox in Monroe County.

According to Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza, those patients were exposed while outside the area and the risk of infection for most people in the county remains low. However, Mendoza is urging everyone to be cautious, especially college students this fall semester.

The current outbreak in the U.S. is primarily among men who have sex with men, according to health data. But Mendoza says students living in close quarters on campus could also cause an outbreak.

“While condoms are effective against other diseases, they do not appear to provide adequate protection against monkeypox,” Mendoza said. “Sharing sheets, pillowcases, towels, clothing and other items that come into close contact with skin appear to be much lower risk. But while this is still being researched, it’s best to avoid sharing these items whenever possible.”

Nearly 600 people in Monroe County have received one dose of the monkeypox vaccine.

Dr. Mendoza says the county has not received any more doses from New York state and is waiting for more.

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