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Monkeypox has arrived in Garfield County. Public health officials say not to panic.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (teal) found within an infected cell (brown), cultured in the laboratory.

Garfield County has recorded its first case of monkeypox, two months after the first reported case in Colorado. The risk to the general public is low, but vaccines for the illness are not yet widely available here.

To learn more, KDNK’s Hattison Rensberry spoke with Public Information Officer Carrie Godes and Nurse Manager Sarah Breynard, both of Garfield County Public Health.

Hattison Rensberry grew up in Rifle, CO and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Drawing at the University of Northern Colorado. She comes to KDNK as reporter and host after working on the design-side of news for the past three years. Hattie does theater locally, photography, needlecrafts, and also provides Editorial Design for the Sopris Sun. Tea>Coffee