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Here we go again….. with school ramping back up, and COVID-19 protocols relaxing, there is a new infectious disease on the rise. Monkeypox! Lately, we are getting lots of questions from parents about what exactly is monkeypox, and how you can keep your child safe.
Bottom line: As of right now, there is a low risk to your child contracting monkeypox. As of August 12, 2022 there are 11,177 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, with 815 of those in Texas.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease that causes a rash, as well as fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, sore throat, and cough. Most people recover in two to four weeks without the help of medication.
How can you avoid monkeypox? Similar to other infectious diseases! Frequent hand-washing, avoid sharing clothing or towels, and good hygiene are all important preventative measures. If you are concerned your child has been exposed to monkeypox, contact your local health department.
Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care opened in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. With multiple locations in San Antonio and Dallas, they are open seven days a week with extended evening hours and see walk-in patients or through an online check-in system. They accept most commercial insurance and Medicaid plans.