ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - A case of monkeypox has been identified in Tompkins County.

The county health department has completed the case investigation and has concluded that there have been no local close contacts.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that, if left undetected and untreated, can cause severe illness, hospitalization and, rarely, death. 

Symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • Rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face which are not clearly due to another known cause.
  • Swollen lymph glands.
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue 

The health department is asking residents to remain aware of symptoms and take steps to reduce the risk of exposure. This includes avoiding close face-to-face and skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox related rash or other symptoms.

As of July 19, 2022, a total of 679 New York state confirmed monkeypox cases have been identified, with 639 in New York City and smaller numbers in several New York State counties. To date, there have been no monkeypox related deaths reported in New York State.

If you are concerned about your risk or are concerned you may be experiencing symptoms, your health care provider can perform a risk-assessment and identify the appropriate steps to take.

Treatments are available for those who meet criteria and are infected with monkeypox, including antiviral medication. A vaccine is used for those at high risk of infection who meet criteria.

Anyone who does not currently have a health care provider or who is uninsured and seeking a local provider should call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667).