Three Recent Monkeypox Cases Tied To Brockton

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BROCKTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three recent cases of Monkeypox have been connected to the "City of Champions" as of Wednesday.

According to Brockton Executive Health Officer Dr. Eno Mondesir, one of the cases involved a resident of Brockton, while the other two involved people who work in the city. All three recovered from the disease after spending three weeks in isolation.

Mondesir told WBZ NewsRadio that as of this time, state health officials are not stocking the Monkeypox vaccine at Brockton pharmacies.

"When you look at it statistically, the city doesn’t have as many cases," Mondesir said. "Therefore, we are not even considered as eligible for a vaccination site, so we don’t have one. It has to do with the level of prevalence or incidence rate. When a municipality has low prevalence, then you’re not really qualified."

As of Thursday, Oct. 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting 409 confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Massachusetts.

Monkeypox is transmitted through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact such as sex. Symptoms include skin rashes, blisters, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, and fever.Most infections last anywhere from two to four weeks.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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