Big Island Resident Among Latest 2 Monkeypox Cases
The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) is reporting two additional cases of monkeypox cases in Hawai‘i.
DOH identified on Friday, Sept. 2 one additional case involving an Oʻahu resident with a history of travel outside Hawaiʻi, and a Hawaiʻi Island resident whose case remains under investigation. It brings the total number of cases reported in Hawaiʻi since June 3 to 25, including three non-residents. DOH continues to conduct contact tracing and follow-up with all reported cases.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is available statewide to Hawaiʻi residents. Vaccination eligibility includes:
Close contact in the last 14 days with a person with known or suspected monkeypox infection;
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender individuals who have multiple or anonymous sex partners;
Persons with severe immune compromise (e.g., advanced or poorly controlled HIV infection, active cancer treatment, high-dose steroids) or certain skin conditions, such as eczema; AND who have a household member or sex partner at high risk for monkeypox.
There are approximately 1,270 vials of JYNNEOS available in Hawaiʻi. Four to five doses of JYNNEOS can be administered from each vial. DOH continues to order Hawaiʻi’s full allocation from the federal government. More than 2,000 doses have been administered.
JYNNEOS is a two-dose series administered 28 days apart. Individuals eligible for a second dose are encouraged to make an appointment.
The risk to most Hawaiʻi residents remains low. Monkeypox is mainly spread through close, intimate contact with body fluids, lesion material, or items used by someone with monkeypox. Monkeypox may be spread through large respiratory droplets. These droplets generally cannot travel more than a few feet, so prolonged contact is required.
The current cases, both nationally and in Hawai‘i, are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. However, anyone who has close contact with someone with monkeypox is at risk of infection, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Testing & Treatment
Individuals with monkeypox symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, or new or unexplained rash or sores, should immediately contact their healthcare provider. Testing and treatment are available through healthcare providers.