WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: As of Thursday, August 25, there are eight total cases of monkeypox reported in McLennan County, according to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District’s website.

Two cases have been reported in the 18-29 year age range, four have been reported in the 30-39 year age range, one has been reported in the 40-49 year age range and one has been reported in the 50-59 year age range.

Seven cases have been reported for men, and one case has been reported for women.

This comes after the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District previously reported two new cases of monkeypox.

A commercial lab performed preliminary tests which came back positive for the disease. The district also reported two other cases of monkeypox – and the first case in the county surfaced in July.

To learn more about monkeypox, you can visit the health district’s website.

Signs and symptoms of this illness typically include a rash that can look like pimples or blisters on the face, inside the mouth, and on other body parts; fever; headache; muscle aches; backache; swollen lymph nodes; chills; or exhaustion.

HOW IT SPREADS

Monkeypox is spread in many different ways. Here are the most common person to person methods:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during close physical contact
  • touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

PREVENTING THE SPREAD

Here is what you can do to prevent getting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox 
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox 
  • Do not have close physical contact with someone with monkeypox 
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox 
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer