BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Health officials in the U.S. are making efforts to help people stay up-to-date on the latest information about the monkeypox outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the virus “is often transmitted through close, sustained physical contact, almost exclusively associated with sexual contact in the current outbreak.”

One of the best ways to prevent monkeypox is by getting vaccinated if you are high risk or if you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox.

That said, the CDC adds, “But given the current limited supply of vaccine, consider temporarily changing some behaviors that may increase your risk of being exposed. These temporary changes will help slow the spread of monkeypox until vaccine supply is adequate.”

The agency adds that some Monkeypox prevention steps are:

Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox

  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.

Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used

  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

While the prevention tips from the CDC listed above can be helpful in avoiding the virus, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) also issued a Monday, September 12 notice that urges locals to be aware of their risk level.

The information from LDH is found in the illustration below.

Image Credit: LDH

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