Although only one case of monkeypox has been reported in Knox County, the Knox County Health Department is administering vaccines to those currently identified as high risk.

Monkeypox is primarily spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. Men who have sex with men have been identified as the most at-risk in this year’s worldwide outbreak. This group is being prioritized for vaccines.

The viral disease has infected over 9,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency in July.

Two doses are required for full protection, offered about a month apart. 

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