First cases of hMPXV reported in Benton County, vaccine available at COVID-19 vaccine event this week

What to know about hMPXV (monkeypox)
Monday, November 14, 2022

The first cases of hMPXV (commonly known as monkeypox) have been reported in Benton County. There are currently two known cases. The Benton County Health Department does not disclose protected health information, which includes any information that could identify a specific patient. The individuals are following recommendations from public health officials and medical providers.

When someone tests positive for hMPXV, the Health Department works to alert all close contacts of the individual, and provides options for testing, treatment and vaccination. While anyone can get hMPXV, risk is higher for individuals who have engaged in prolonged skin-to-skin contact with people who are infected. If you have been notified you are a close contact or are aware of someone in your social circles who has or has had hMPXV, or if you are otherwise at high risk of exposure, you should seek vaccination.

In addition to ongoing focused outreach to higher risk populations, the Health Department has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon State University to offer the JYNNEOS hMPXV vaccine at the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics on OSU Corvallis campus this week. This vaccine is available for free, no health insurance required. 

  • November 15 - 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Oregon State University, Memorial Union Room 62, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis

The JYNNEOS vaccine is also available through providers in Benton County. Speak with your medical provider, or contact one of the providers below to arrange a vaccination or if you are unsure if you should be vaccinated: 

  • Benton County Health Department: (541) 766-6835
  • Samaritan Infectious Disease: (541) 768-5810 or self-schedule online here
  • OSU Student Health Services (for OSU students only): (541) 737-9355

For more information on hMPXV, including symptoms and how to protect yourself, visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/monkeypox/Pages/index.aspx

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