ACADIANA- LDH has now confirmed four cases of monkeypox in Acadiana. While it is not seen as a crisis, Dr. Katherine Baumgarten labels it as " a new health situation."
Our news team spoke with Dr. Baumgarten, who stressed that monkeypox is not a cause for panic or running to get the nearest vaccine.
You can contract monkeypox through skin-to-skin contact. This makes it easier to monitor and control, she says.
Testing is available if you have signs of monkeypox like blisters and rashes.
A vaccine is being made and will be made available to at-risk groups such as people with compromised immune systems.
In Louisiana, 51 cases have been confirmed, including the four in Acadiana, as of Tuesday.