The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) monitors and updates information on monkeypox cases in Dallas County. The Monkeypox virus spreads between people primarily through direct contact with sores, scabs or body fluids from an infected individual. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. However, men who have sex with men and who engage in high-risk sexual activities make up a substantial proportion of cases identified to date.
Those infected with monkeypox may experience fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, as well as more serious complications. Some individuals will have mild to no symptoms and can still test positive for the virus.
The DCHHS website is updated to include testing, vaccination and isolation information, as well as a map of Monkeypox cases by ZIP code.
Here is the breakdown of monkeypox cases in Irving by zip code:
- 75060: 3 cases
- 75061: 8 cases
- 75062: 3 cases
- 75038: 7 cases
- 75039: 6 cases
- 75063: 6 cases
Dallas County has a total of 466 cases as of August 25, 2022.
Monkeypox vaccine remains in low supply and can currently only be offered to people who meet one of the below criteria.
- Persons who had close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox.
- Men (cisgender and transgender) and transwomen 18 and older who have sex with men and who also have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days
- Men (cisgender and transgender) and transwomen who have sex with men who met partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party in the past 14 days.
- Men (cisgender and transgender) and transwomen who have sex with men who had skin-to-skin or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with persons at large venues or events in the past 14 days.
- Persons 18 years of age or older who were diagnosed with HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea or early syphilis within the past 12 months or are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Vaccination is available for prevention of monkeypox only. People with confirmed cases of monkeypox or symptoms of monkeypox are not eligible to receive the vaccine.