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DOH Leon Confirms First Case of Monkeypox in Leon County Resident

By Pamela Saulsby

August 06, 2022

DOH Leon Confirms First Monkeypox Case in Leon County Resident 

August 8, 2022



Tallahassee, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), has identified the first case of monkeypox infection in a Leon County resident.

There are confirmed cases of monkeypox in 48 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside of endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

DOH Leon is conducting epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH Leon will offer the monkeypox vaccine to high-risk groups as doses become available from the federal government.

Up to date information on monkeypox is available at Case data for monkeypox, as well as other reportable diseases, can be found on

Prevention and Treatment

If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediatelycontact your local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low.

Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:


The public should also remain vigilant of the current meningococcal outbreak. Demographic impacts are similar among meningococcal and monkeypox cases. The meningococcal vaccines are available to high-risk populations at every county health department, free of charge. Floridians can find more information on meningococcal disease here.

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Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer