HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The valley’s two largest counties have announced that monkeypox vaccines will be offered to high risk communities in the Rio Grande Valley.

State health officials have began shipping limited supplies of vaccines to the Rio Grande Valley, according to a release from Hidalgo County.

Cameron County health officials announced on Friday the county has been allocated a limited number of monkeypox doses, which could also next week.

“This is a preventative measure only; there have been no verified monkeypox cases in the Rio Grande Valley,” the release stated.

There are currently 780 cases of monkeypox that have been confirmed across the state. Monkeypox is not considered to be fatal, but can be “painful and disfiguring,” according to the release.

Cameron County officials are asking residents to maintain preventive practices which include:

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash.
  • Do not touch rashes, scabs, or lesions.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after using the bathroom.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.