A news release from the Ministry of Health

The DOH has reported four more monkeypox cases in Hawaii

Posted on August 24, 2022 in Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is reporting four more cases of monkey pox.

“With nearly 16,000 cases of monkeypox reported in the United States, it is expected that we will see even more cases in Hawaii,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Nathan Tan said. “We continue to work to conduct contact tracing and follow up with all cases. We encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of monkey pox and protect our community.

Cases in Hawaii

DOH has identified four additional cases of monkeypox:

  • A Hawaiʻi Island resident whose case is related to community exposure
  • An O’ahu resident whose case remains under investigation
  • An O’ahu resident whose case remains under investigation
  • A Maui resident whose case remains under investigation

This brings the total number of cases reported in Hawaii from June 3 to 22. DOH continues to conduct contact tracing and follow-up of all reported cases.

vaccine

The JYNNEOS vaccine is available statewide to Hawaiʻi residents 18 and older. Vaccination eligibility includes:

  • Close contact with a person with known or suspected monkeypox infection in the last 14 days;
  • gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender people who have multiple or anonymous sex partners;
  • People with severe immune compromise (eg, advanced or poorly controlled HIV infection, active cancer treatment, high-dose steroids) or certain skin conditions such as eczema; and those whose household members or sexual partners are at high risk of monkey pox.

DOH and health care providers in each county who directly reach individuals at high risk of monkeypox continue to vaccinate eligible individuals. Those eligible for vaccination can make an appointment by contacting:

Provider / Organization

Area served

Hawaii Department of Health

Phone: (808) 586-4462

Online: health.hawaii.gov/docd/mpxvax

don’t doI Residents can also call (808) 241-3495

Statewide

Take care of life

Phone: (808) 871-7772

Maui

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Phone: (808) 427-0442

Oahu (sites of Wainai and Kapolei)

Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center

Phone: (808) 521-2437

Oahu (site in Honolulu)

DOH has received approximately 4,400 doses of JYNNEOS and continues to order Hawaiʻi’s full allocation from the federal government. About 1,800 doses have been administered.

JYNNEOS is a two-dose series administered 28 days apart. Those eligible for the second dose are encouraged to make an appointment.

transmission

The risk remains low for most Hawaii residents. Monkeypox is primarily spread by close, intimate contact with body fluids, wound contents, or objects used by a person with monkeypox. Monkeypox can be spread by large respiratory droplets. These droplets usually cannot travel more than a few feet, so long contact is necessary.

Nationwide, current affairs are spreading primarily on the social networks of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. In Hawaiʻi, at least some cases have been reported among gay or bisexual men. However, anyone who comes into close contact with someone with monkey pox is at risk of infection, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Testing and treatment

People with symptoms of monkey pox, including flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, or new or unexplained rash or sores, should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Testing and treatment are available through health care providers.

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