AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has confirmed there are nine confirmed monkeypox cases here in Travis County. According to their website, there are 46 presumptive cases.

Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus not commonly seen in the U.S. Symptoms vary, and can include fever and a rash that may look like pimples or blisters on the body.

Photo credit: NHS England High Consequence Infectious Diseases Network.

The virus is quickly spreading across the state.

According to the CDC’s website, there are 606 cases reported in Texas.

The virus can last up to four weeks, but can be severe for those with weakened immune systems.

Photo credit: NHS England High Consequence Infectious Diseases Network.

Monkeypox can spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual. With the possibility of upcoming events, health officials remind people to avoid skin-to-skin contact.

At the end of July, DSHS dispersed vaccines for 1,500 people. Supplies are still considered limited, so APH is evaluating individuals for vaccination eligibility based on criteria set out by DSHS and the CDC.

If you are suffering from symptoms of monkeypox, see a health care provider for testing. If you do not have a provider, call 512-972-5560. You should only get tested for monkeypox if you experience symptoms.