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Ten new monkeypox cases reported in Massachusetts, says DPH – Boston 25 News



BOSTON — As vaccines against monkeypox start to arrive at local clinics, the state says the state has recorded 10 new cases of the rare disease.

The jump since last week brings the total number of confirmed cases reported in Massachusetts to 31 since the state’s first case was announced on May 18.

“The 10 cases announced today had their diagnoses between June 30 and July 6 after testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, “ according to the Department of Public Health. “DPH is working with local health officials, the patients, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious.”

People with monkeypox are advised to isolate and avoid contact with others until they are no longer infectious.

“During the week of June 27th, DPH received notice from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Massachusetts is one of 10 U.S. jurisdictions eligible to receive an initial allocation of JYNNEOS vaccine against monkeypox,” according to the state. “DPH received its allocation of 2,004 doses on July 5th, and immediately distributed vaccine to four health care providers for administration starting yesterday, July 6th.”

Due to extremely limited national availability, the vaccine in Massachusetts remains limited at this time.

“Vaccination is available to individuals who meet the CDC’s eligibility criteria and who live or work in Massachusetts. Vaccine is prioritized for individuals at greatest risk of exposure to someone with monkeypox,” said DPH.

More information about the disease can be found here.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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