Oneida County reported its first case of monkeypox Monday, according to the New York State Department of Health.
The first case in the state was found in New York City in May.
Onondaga County reported one case in August and hasn’t had another since. Delaware County also had one case reported in August.
New York City had more than 3,500 cases as of Monday, more than 10 times the rest of the state.
According to the state health department, monkeypox is a viral infection that usually does not cause serious illness. However, in rare cases, it can lead to hospitalization or death. Symptoms include rashes, blisters or blisters, and flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and chills.
Monkey disease can be spread through physical contact, especially if the wounds are open.
Oneida County Deputy Health Director Katie Mungari said, “Monkey disease is transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person and through respiratory droplets over a long period of time.
Mungari says the risk to the general public is small.
“Anyone who is at risk as per the notification is not a matter of general public concern now. It is a neutral issue. We are not worried about any spread or threat to the public at this time,” he said.
The state sends monkeypox vaccines to affected areas and provides them to people who are vulnerable to the virus. The county is still awaiting information from the state on vaccine availability.