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Emergent Health Issues

Emergent health issues significantly impact a community's health. Management of emergent disease requires a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral & Community Health, Healthcare Providers, and Laboratories, including prompt investigation and response facilitated through the immediate reporting of suspected emergent diseases.

Please contact the Communicable Disease Control Division by calling 845-486-3402 to make a report, request clinical submission, or for treatment guidance.


Current Emerging Health Issues


Cases of Monkeypox have been confirmed in Dutchess County. Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is in the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, fatigue, and a rash that can be painful, but the illness is rarely severe or fatal. The virus spreads through coming in contact with an infected person’s rash, or potentially from prolonged face-to-face contact. Children aged 8 or under, pregnant or immunocompromised individuals have a higher risk of severe illness or complications.  

Monkeypox spreads through close, physical contact between people. This means anyone can get monkeypox. However, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected by monkeypox more than others, including men who have sex with men (MSM). The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health is monitoring individuals that test positive and conducting contact tracing.

The monkeypox vaccine is currently not available to the public at large, but individuals who have had a recent documented exposure or those at high risk may be eligible. We have been hosting Monkeypox vaccination clinics throughout Dutchess County for those who meet eligibility. To find out if you are eligible to receive the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine, take this easy-to-use questionnaire.

For more information on monkeypox and to view current confirmed cases in Dutchess County as well as throughout the state visit the New York State Department of Health’s Monkeypox page or call the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health at 845-486-3402. Healthcare providers are also encouraged to review Dutchess County's Monkeypox Public Health Alert for more specific guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Formerly 2019-nCoV) 

For information on COVID-19 visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page

Hepatitis A

The medical community has noticed an unusual increase in hepatitis A cases nationwide resulting from person-to-person contact among specific groups. Dutchess County lso seen an increase in similar cases beginning late-October 2019. Healthcare providers have been alerted with specific guidance.

Measles Status in Dutchess County

While there have been no cases of measles in Dutchess County, the Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) considers measles to be a potentially emergent disease, given recent outbreaks in neighboring counties. DBCH has issued the following:

*Healthcare providers who need assistance may call DBCH at 845-486-3402.

Increase in Cyclosporiasis Cases in Dutchess County

DBCH Public Health Alert (07/16/2019)

The Department of Behavioral & Community Health encourages local providers to consider the following:

For more information, visit DutchessNY/gov/Providers or view the NYSDOH advisory in full.

Other Emerging Health Issues

For information regarding these diseases, as well as those not mentioned, including diagnostic and treatment guidelines, please contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Information Service or visit or New York State Department of Health.