Lancastet, TX - On Friday, August 5, 2022, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a local declaration of disaster of thirty (30) days. Dallas County is experiencing the highest number of Monkeypox cases in the state at 209 confirmed cases.
On August 8, 2022, Mayor Hairston issued a declaration disaster for the City of Lancaster for thirty (30) days. As of August 9, 2022, Monkeypox cases have been identified in Dallas County. There are 265 confirmed cases in Dallas County and 45 suspect cases. Dallas County has confirmed two (2) cases in Lancaster within the zip code area of 75146 south of Pleasant Run Road. No cases have been confirmed for zip code area of 75134 north of Pleasant Run Road.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define Monkeypox as a rare disease caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and Monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal skin-to-skin contact, including direct contact with Monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with Monkeypox. Monkeypox can also be contracted through touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), surfaces used by someone with Monkeypox, and contact with respiratory secretions.
It is also possible for people to get Monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal, by preparing or eating meat or by using products from an infected animal. A person with Monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
Residents should take the following steps to prevent getting Monkeypox:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with Monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or be sexually intimate with someone with Monkeypox.
- Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with Monkeypox has used.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with Monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch a person with Monkeypox's bedding, towels, or clothing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
- You can get the latest information on Monkeypox in Dallas County here: www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/monkeypox.php