July 14, 2022 – Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm a presumptive case of monkeypox in Williamson County. WCCHD is coordinating with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and CDC as part of the ongoing investigation. 

The resident acquired the infection while traveling outside of the county. They did not have any close contact while infectious, did not require hospitalization, and are isolating at home.

The threat of monkeypox to the general Williamson County population remains low. Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact.

The virus can spread from person-to-person through: 

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids 
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sexual activity
  • touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids 
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

Persons with monkeypox may develop symptoms such as a fever, swollen lymph nodes and general body aches before developing a rash. People should seek medical attention if they develop symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

Providers can order testing via consultation with their local health department through DSHS Lab or through several commercial laboratories. Vaccines are limited at this time and are only offered to those who need them.

For more information and prevention tips, visit: www.wcchd.org/monkeypox