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Coconino County Health and Human Services webpages have been updated to rename monkeypox to mpox as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and in alignment with the recent World Health Organization (WHO) decision. This change is an effort to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology.

Mpox is a viral illness that primarily spreads through skin-to-skin contact. It is endemic in some countries but not the United States, though several countries, including the United States, have seen cases in 2022.

Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) announced the first confirmed cases of mpox in Coconino County on August 23, 2022. The current number of cases identified in Coconino County are reported below.

Confirmed and probable cases in Coconino County as of 12/5/22



Confirmed and probable cases


Total
7

For more case data visit CDC 2022 US Map and Case Count.

If you have been exposed to mpox, are experiencing symptoms consistent with the illness, or need information about vaccination and testing, please contact your healthcare provider or call:

Coconino County Health and Human Services Information Line 928-679-7300.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

Symptoms of mpox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

Vaccination

Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is working with state and federal partners to distribute the mpox vaccine. Currently, vaccine doses are being prioritized for people who are at higher risk of becoming infected with mpox.

Individuals who are at higher risk of becoming infected with mpox include:

People who have had an exposure to an individual diagnosed with mpox

People who have had any of the following in the past 12 months:

  • A new diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) including acute HIV, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis
  • More than one sex partner

People who have had any of the following in the past 6 months:

  • Sex at a commercial sex venue
  • Sex in association with a large public event in a geographic area where mpox transmission is occurring

People whose sexual partners have any of the above risks

People who anticipate experiencing any of the above risks

People who work in settings where exposure to mpox infection is anticipated on a daily basis, such as:

  • Lab workers who routinely work with mpox specimens
  • Healthcare personnel who work in sexual health/STI clinics
  • Healthcare personnel who work in settings primarily serving LGBTQIA+ communities

Note: The vaccine is NOT recommended for the majority of healthcare workers at this time UNLESS they have a known mpox exposure. Only providers who work in settings where exposure to mpox infection is anticipated on a daily basis OR have had high risk exposure to an individual diagnosed with mpox are eligible for vaccination.

Please complete the CCHHS mpox vaccine interest form below if you meet the criteria or are otherwise interested in receiving the mpox vaccine. If you are unable to fill out the form, please call (928) 679-7300 for assistance.

Your answers will remain confidential and are stored in a secure environment.



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Vaccine in Arizona is in limited supply and is currently being distributed through three counties:
Maricopa County (central Arizona) - Supporting residents of Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, and Pinal counties
Coconino County (northern Arizona)- Supporting residents of Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai counties
Pima County (southern Arizona) - Supporting residents of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties

If you believe you currently have mpox or symptoms consistent with mpox, please call your healthcare provider, or the CCHHS Information Line at 928-679-7300 if you don't have a healthcare provider.

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How Monkeypox Spreads

Mpox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:

  • Direct contact with mpox rash, sores, fluid, or scabs
  • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with mpox
  • Through respiratory secretions or oral fluids from a person with mpox
  • This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
    • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with mpox
    • Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
    • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with mpox

Prevention

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like mpox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with mpox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with mpox.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with mpox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with mpox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If You Have Monkeypox

  • Isolate at home
  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.
  • Contact your healthcare provider for medical advice or call the CCHHS Information Line.

Visit the CDC website for recommendations on disinfecting homes and other non-healthcare settings and how to launder contaminated clothing.

ProvidersArizona clinicians prescribing tecovirimat (TPOXX) for eligible patients should contact the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (APDIC) via the ADHS Mpox Tecovirimat Healthcare Provider Line at 1-888-352-0540.

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