News Release: DOH reports two additional monkeypox cases

Posted on Sep 2, 2022 in Main

HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is reporting two additional cases of monkeypox.

 

Cases in Hawaii

 

DOH has identified one additional case of monkeypox:

  • An Oʻahu resident with a history of travel outside Hawaiʻi
  • A Hawaiʻi Island resident whose case remains under investigation

This brings the total number of cases reported in Hawaiʻi since June 3 to 25, including three non-residents. DOH continues to conduct contact tracing and follow-up with all reported cases.

Vaccination

 

The JYNNEOS vaccine is available statewide to Hawaiʻi residents. Vaccination eligibility includes:

 

  • Close contact in the last 14 days with a person with known or suspected monkeypox infection;
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals who have multiple or anonymous sex partners;
  • Persons with severe immune compromise (e.g., advanced or poorly controlled HIV infection, active cancer treatment, high-dose steroids) or certain skin conditions, such as eczema; AND who have a household member or sex partner at high risk for monkeypox.

 

DOH and healthcare providers in each county who directly reach individuals at higher risk of monkeypox exposure continue to vaccinate eligible individuals. Individuals eligible for vaccination can make an appointment by contacting:

 

Provider/Organization Area Served
Hawaiʻi Department of Health

Phone: (808) 586-4462

Online: health.hawaii.gov/docd/mpxvax

Kauaʻi residents can also call (808) 241-3495

Statewide
Malama I Ke Ola

Phone: (808) 871-7772

Maui
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Phone: (808) 427-0442

O‘ahu (sites in Waianae and Kapolei)
Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center

Phone: (808) 521-2437

O‘ahu (site in Honolulu)

 

Kaiser Permanente

Phone: (808) 432-2000, prompt 1

O‘ahu (Mapunapuna Medical Office)
Hamakua-Kohala Health

Phone: (808) 930-2751

Hawaiʻi Island
Malama Pono Health Services

Phone: (808) 246-9577

Kauaʻi

 

There are approximately 1,270 vials of JYNNEOS available in Hawaiʻi. Four to five doses of JYNNEOS can be administered from each vial. DOH continues to order Hawaiʻi’s full allocation from the federal government. More than 2,000 doses have been administered.

 

JYNNEOS is a two-dose series administered 28 days apart. Individuals eligible for a second dose are encouraged to make an appointment.

 

Transmission

 

The risk to most Hawaiʻi residents remains low. Monkeypox is mainly spread through close, intimate contact with body fluids, lesion material, or items used by someone with monkeypox. Monkeypox may be spread through large respiratory droplets. These droplets generally cannot travel more than a few feet, so prolonged contact is required.

 

The current cases, both nationally and in Hawai‘i, are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. However, anyone who has close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk of infection, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Testing & Treatment

 

Individuals with monkeypox symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, or new or unexplained rash or sores, should immediately contact their healthcare provider. Testing and treatment are available through healthcare providers.

 

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Media Contact:

Katie Arita-Chang

Acting Communications Director

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (808) 286-4806