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Monkeypox Infections on the Rise in Nebraska and Douglas County

Published: Aug. 31, 2022

Monkeypox is not a new disease, but it's on the rise in the United States. 

Rudolf Kotula, MD, an infectious disease specialist with Methodist Health System, said that infection typically leads to scabs on the skin and spreads by touching infected individuals and/or respiratory secretions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been around 25 cases reported in Nebraska. The Douglas County Health Department confirmed that 22 of those infected are in the area.

"Most of the cases are men who have sex with men," Dr. Kotula said. "They are also married men with children, who traveled or were exposed. The recommendation is to raise awareness and inform yourself with the Douglas County Health Department, as they have resources on his website."

If you've been exposed, there are vaccines available that should be administered between 4 and 14 days from exposure.

Telemundo Nebraska: Monkeypox Infections on the Rise in Nebraska and Douglas County