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August 9, 2022 – Today, Travis County Judge Andy Brown signed a Declaration of Disaster regarding the Monkeypox virus. The declaration can be found here.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It is not commonly seen in the U.S. Typical symptoms include fever, malaise, and a rash that may appear as pimples or blisters. Monkeypox is spread by close contact with an infected person, or by touching clothing or linens that were in contact with the infected person’s rash or body fluids.

Austin Public Health (APH) is currently able to vaccinate those who have been identified as close contacts to presumptive and confirmed monkeypox cases. This is following the guidance of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Anyone who believes they are in close contact with a monkeypox case should reach out to their healthcare provider. Call APH's Equity Line at 512-972-5560 for information.

Additional information can be found on the following websites:

Austin Public Health

Texas Department of State Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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