Monkeypox

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000


Monkeypox cases have been identified 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. 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.

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.

Dallas County Residents

Date Last UpdatedConfirmed Monkeypox Cases
Male                           834
November 29, 2022Female                          12
Total:                         846

Monkeypox Data Analysis

Monkeypox Graphs Analysis 11-11-2022

Monkeypox Counts 11-11-2022

Monkeypox Cases by Specimen Collection Data - Weekly Updated

Testing

If you believe you have been exposed to monkeypox and/or you are at high-risk and have developed a new rash on your body, then DCHHS recommends you get tested for monkeypox.

Before seeking testing, please call the provider first as they may have specific directions (some locations require appointments). Be sure to wear a mask, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt when you arrive for testing.

Below is a list of providers currently doing monkeypox testing

Methodist, Medical City, and Baylor Scott and White primary care or urgent care clinics may have testing opportunities available. Please contact them directly to inquire.

Testing may also be available through your primary care provider. Please contact them directly to inquire.

Please avoid going to the Emergency Department for testing only unless other circumstances warrant the visit.

DCHHS is not responsible for the cost to the patient for testing, please talk to the provider about expected cost.

Vaccination

Vaccination is for prevention of monkeypox only. People with confirmed cases of monkeypox or symptoms of monkeypox are not eligible to receive the vaccine.  

The CDC is NOT recommending routine immunization against monkeypox for the general public. At this time, Monkeypox vaccination is only available to people with the highest potential for exposure to monkeypox.

Persons eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine:

  • People in certain occupational exposure risk groups* (see below)
  • 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).
  • NEW - Sexual partners of people with the above risks
  • NEW - People who anticipate experiencing the above risks

*People at risk for occupational exposure to orthopoxviruses include research laboratory personnel working with orthopoxviruses, clinical laboratory personnel performing diagnostic testing for orthopoxviruses, and orthopoxvirus and health care worker response teams designated by appropriate public health and antiterror authorities.

If you think you are at risk, please get vaccinated.  All services are confidential.

Vaccination Providers:

  • Prism Health
  • AHF Market Center and AHF Medical City

**DCHHS offers the monkeypox vaccine by appointment only to anyone who meets the vaccination criteria at our drive-thru site at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. For 2nd doses, please bring your monkeypox vaccination card or immunization record. 

Isolation

Persons with a new rash—especially those who believe they have been exposed to monkeypox—should be assessed by a provider. If you suspect you have monkeypox, you should remain isolated in a private room in your own home while awaiting test results, as contact with others risks spreading illness. 

People who have tested positive for monkeypox or have rash that remains untested should isolate at home until their scabs fall off and fresh, new skin forms. People can spread the monkeypox virus to others, even in late stages of healing, so it is essential people remain isolated until they are no longer infectious.

Isolation is also required while symptomatic with a fever or any respiratory symptoms, including sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough. People with those symptoms should remain isolated in the home and away from others unless it is necessary to see a healthcare provider or for an emergency.

The CDC is no longer requiring patients to get clearance from a medical provider in order to discontinue isolation. If a person with monkeypox is unable to isolate throughout the illness, they should follow CDC guidance, located here:  Isolation and Prevention Practices for People with Monkeypox | Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC.

Cases of Monkeypox by Dallas Zip Code

10-20-22 MPX Map


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