Hays County officials announced Aug. 12 that the Hays County Local Health Department has confirmed two cases of monkeypox. The identities of the individuals will remain confidential for their protection, according to the press release.

Monkeypox cases have been popping up across the country and throughout Central Texas with roughly 800 cases reported in the state as of Aug. 12, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the majority of which have been reported in the Arlington and Houston areas.

The HCLHD has a limited supply of the Jynneos vaccine, the monkeypox and smallpox vaccine, to be used on a case-by-case basis.

Monkeypox can be identified by its symptoms that include a fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and more, especially a rash on or near a person's genitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Transmission of the virus generally occurs through close physical contact with someone who has contracted monkeypox.

For more information, the HCLHD has set up a webpage with the total number of cases in the county.