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Is there still time to contain the monkeypox virus outbreak?

With much still to understand about the monekypox virus, an infectious disease expert addresses concerns about vaccines and how the virus is spread.


Andrea Piacquadio


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With the total confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases in the United States at 5,811, there are 397 of those cases in Texas. And in Houston/Harris County, 83 cases have been reported.

What we learned in our last segment is that the virus is not limited to one population or gender. And although the monkeypox virus has spread mostly among men who have sex with men, everyone is at risk.

Today, we discuss the latest on monkeypox, what you need to know, and resources available.

Having symptoms, or know someone who is, call the Houston Health Department at 832-393-4220 or the Harris County Public Health Hotline at 832-927-0707.


Dr. Susan McLellan

  • Medical Director of the Bio-containment Treatment Unit and Director of Bio-safety for Research-Related Infectious Pathogens at UTMB Health.

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