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What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. That's why health officials in New York, the U.S., and around the world are monitoring cases of monkeypox in areas that do not usually report monkeypox infections, including in New York State.

While New Yorkers should not be alarmed, everyone should stay informed about monkeypox. This means understanding the symptoms, how it spreads, and what to do if you are exposed.

Who is at risk of contracting monkeypox?

Monkeypox spreads through close, physical contact between people. This means anyone can get monkeypox. However, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected by monkeypox more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM).

Based on previous outbreaks of monkeypox around the world, some groups may also be at heightened risk for severe outcomes if they contract monkeypox. This includes people with weakened immune systems, elderly New Yorkers, young children under 8 years of age, and pregnant people.


Are there treatments available?

Antiviral medications exist to treat monkeypox, which may be appropriate for some people. Vaccines exist that can help reduce the chance and severity of infection in those who have been exposed.

Sullivan County Public Health Services is offering monkeypox vaccination clinics as supplies permit. Notice will be provided here and on social media, but you are also welcome to call 845-292-5910 to inquire as to the next clinic.

To track the prevalence of monkeypox across New York State, visit

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Q1. Isn't the rabies threat over in Sullivan County?

Answer: NO. Rabies will remain in Sullivan County. Your best protection against rabies is a well vaccinated pet community. Raccoons, skunks, and foxes are the animals most often infected with rabies in Sullivan County. If you see a wild animal, or a domestic animal acting strangely, (too tame OR too aggressive) keep your distance and keep your pets and children inside. If you are being threatened, call your local police or sheriff's department. Call Sullivan County Public Health with any questions, day or night at (845) 292-5910.

Q2. How often does my dog or cat need a rabies shot?

Answer: The first time he or she gets a shot, your pet must be at least 3 months old. The first rabies shot must be repeated in 1 year. Thereafter, if your vet is using 3 year vaccine, your pet will need to be vaccinated every 3 years. A pet whose rabies booster has waited more than 3 years is considered UNVACCINATED. Some vets prefer to vaccinate every year with a one year vaccine. Check with your veterinarian.

Q3. A bat was flying around in my son's bedroom while he was sleeping. What should I do?

Answer: 96% of bats tested in New York State are not rabid. If you can catch the bat, do so. It must be tested . If the bat has escaped, since it can't be tested for rabies, the recommendation of the New York State Department of Health is to vaccinate your son because he was asleep and might have been bitten in his sleep. Call Public Health Services for information on how to proceed.

Q4. My dog got into a fight with a wild animal, and the animal ran off. What do I do?

Answer: Get a rabies booster for your dog within 5 days. If your dog is unvaccinated, he or she may have to be confined in a special enclosure for 6 months, or destroyed. Call Public Health Services to receive direction. KEEP YOUR PETS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES!

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