LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that a probable monkeypox case was found in Fayette County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added the 15 case to their 2022 monkeypox U.S. map and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department told FOX 56 that a case had been found in the county.

A worker with the health department said more information would be provided Thursday, the same day as the monkeypox vaccine clinic.

The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Baptist Church located at 110 Wilson Downing Road.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Symptoms of monkeypox include the onset of flu-like symptoms and distinctive rashes or sores that could look like pimples or blisters. CDC statistics show the most commonly reported symptoms are rash, malaise, and fever.

The CDC website says the most common places where rashes have been reported in this outbreak are genitals (46% of cases), arms (40%), face (38%), and legs (37%).

While the red, flat spots that become bumps in the current outbreak can be anywhere on the body, they are most likely to affect the genital or rectal areas, or the fingers, mouth, or eyes. The spots become bumps, which break and crust over into a scab. They may be itchy, but not necessarily.

Further, some people only get one or some of these symptoms; it is possible to have a fever without a rash or have these symptoms sequentially and not concurrently.

How does monkeypox spread?

The CDC website states that monkeypox spreads through direct or intimate contact, like contact with a monkeypox rash, scab, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox. Touching objects, fabrics, and surfaces touched by a person with monkeypox.

Reducing risk of monkeypox

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said people can reduce this risk by taking the following safe sex practices and avoiding contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials (such as bedding, towels, clothing) that a person with monkeypox has used
  • Don’t share eating utensils or cups with someone with monkeypox
  • wash your hands often with warm soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • practice safer sex
  • get vaccinated