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 CasesSuspect Monkeypox Cases
 Male                           262
August 9, 2022Female                          345
 Total                           265

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. 

Vaccine remains in low supply and can currently only be offered to people who meet one of the below criteria. If you suspect you are at high risk, you may call (972) 692-2780. We are currently experiencing a high number of calls. If you do not get through or the line disconnects, please try back again. 

  • Persons who had close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox.
  • Men (cisgender and transgender) 18 and older who have sex with men and who also have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days

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 new skin has replaced lesions and they have been cleared by their medical provider. 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.

Public Notice of Potential Monkeypox Exposure

Daddyland Festival. DCHHS is aware of monkeypox exposures at the well-attended Daddyland Festival and associated after parties that pose a potential risk for community monkeypox transmission. All attendees are encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms of fever and rash for 21 days after their last day at these events, and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.

Club Dallas. DCHHS has received notification of an out-of-State MSM visitor with confirmed monkeypox who had multiple sexual encounters at Club Dallas’s sauna between June 22 and June 25, while the traveler was infectious. Persons who visited Club Dallas during these dates are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of fever and rash for 21 days, and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of monkeypox.

CDC Resources:  www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html

DSHS Resources:  https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/monkeypox/Monkeypox/


Information for Healthcare Providers

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