TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—A third case of monkeypox has been confirmed in a Tompkins County resident. The TCHD has completed its investigation and notified all local close contacts, and close contacts will monitor themselves and be in touch with the health department for 21 consecutive days from the date of exposure.

The TCHD asks residents to remain aware of symptoms and take steps to reduce risk.

Monkeypox is spread through close physical contact, including skin-to-skin contact, skin contact with dressings or fabrics, being within 3 feet of an infected person, particularly if they are coughing, and sexual activity with multiple, casual partners.

Symptoms include rashes or bumps not clearly due to another known cause, swollen lymph glands and flu-like symptoms.

A risk assessment can be found here, and more information can be found here.

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