MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – With the current spread of Monkeypox across the world, cases continue to rise in New Jersey and have spread to Morris County.
According to the NJ Department of Health, there are 561 probable and confirmed cases in the state, including 10 cases in Morris County.
Currently, Hudson County has the most cases in New Jersey, with 132, followed by Essex, which has 92.
According to the Department of Health, the monkeypox virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. Monkeypox does not spread easily between people unless there is close contact.
As of September 5, no monkeypox deaths have been reported in New Jersey, but 32 people have been hospitalized with the virus. Cases in the global outbreak, which was discovered in May, have rarely been fatal.
However, monkeypox can be extremely painful and the rash can leave permanent scars, according to the state health department.
How Monkeypox spreads:
- Spread mainly through close contact with someone already infected with monkeypox
- Touching objects such as clothing or bedding used by someone with monkeypox
- Pregnant women can transmit the virus to their fetus through the placenta
Morris County residents now have easier access to the monkeypox vaccine, thanks to the opening of a new clinic in Dover, according to Governor Phil Murphy and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.
Vaccines are available by appointment only at the Zufall Health Center, located at 18 West Blackwell Street in Dover. To make an appointment, call (973)-891-3419. People at high risk and people exposed to the disease in the last 14 days are eligible.
Anyone can get monkeypox through close contact with someone infected with the virus. The Department and community partners continue to reach out to residents who are disproportionately affected by the outbreak.
To find a complete list of vaccination clinics now accepting appointments, click here.