Two cases of monkeypox identified in Weld County
Published on July 29, 2022
Weld County, Colorado — Two cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Weld County by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The state health department is the lead agency for the investigation and contact tracing related to the cases. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) is offering monkeypox testing to those who are uninsured or who do not have a primary care provider. Cases are asked to self-isolate until all lesions have scabbed and been replaced by new skin. Currently in Colorado there are 59 confirmed cases of monkeypox.
Monkeypox can spread from person to person when someone who has monkeypox has close contact with someone else. Close contact means physical contact with a sick person’s sores, bumps, or lesions, including sex, and through intimate or prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets. Monkeypox can also spread through touching the bed linens or clothing of someone who is sick. Brief interactions without physical contact are unlikely to result in getting the virus. The highest risk factors for monkeypox are men who have sex with men, having multiple sex partners or anonymous sex.
Monkeypox may begin with flu-like symptoms that include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion. Typically, a rash or skin bumps develop within one to three days after the onset of fever and can appear on most locations of the body. Fatality is rare in the current outbreak.
Vaccinations given within 4 days of exposure can help prevent illness, and vaccines administered between 4 and 14 days after exposure can help prevent severe illness. Anyone who was exposed to a confirmed or suspected case or meets high risk exposure criteria may be eligible for the vaccine.
Information about monkeypox transmission and symptoms continues to evolve and health officials at the federal, state, and local level are closely monitoring the virus. For more information go to the county's monkeypox webpage or the state's monkeypox webpage.