CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- While there are no known cases of monkeypox in this area, the Blue Ridge Health District says it is working to be prepared, just in case.

There is currently a monkeypox outbreak affecting dozens of countries, including the United States.

Most of the cases have generally involved people who had close, sustained contact with a person who was infected.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a limited amount of two vaccines that are recommended for the prevention of monkeypox and is working to expand that supply.

For now, no widespread vaccination effort is recommended or needed, but vaccines are being recommended for people who are at high risk of exposure.

BRHD has launched a survey to collect information from people who may be at high risk of exposure and who are interested in being vaccinated.

People who fill out the survey will be added to a list of potential vaccine recipients who may be able to get a vaccine in the future depending on their risk factors and availability.

People should only fill out this survey once. Anyone needing assistance with the survey can call BRHD at (434) 591-1960, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

At this time, vaccination is recommended for people who are at least 18 years old and who meet any of these criteria:

  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and have had multiple (e.g. more than 1) or anonymous sexual partners within the last 14 days; OR
  • Transgender women and nonbinary persons assigned male at birth who have sex with men and have had multiple (e.g. more than 1) or anonymous sexual partners within the last 14 days; OR
  • Sex workers (of any orientation or gender) within the last 14 days; OR
  • Staff (of any orientation or gender) who worked at establishments where sexual activity occurs (e.g. bathhouses, sex clubs) within the last 14 days; OR
  • Persons (of any orientation or gender) who attend sex-on-premises venues (e.g. bathhouses, sex clubs) within the last 14 days.

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