NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – With Connecticut seeing its first case of monkeypox, doctors and health officials are on alert. This as more tests and vaccines for the virus are rolling out nationwide.

“It’s a serious disease, it needs to be considered seriously,” said Yale Medicine Doctor Arjun Venkatesh.

He said taking adequate precautions is key as well as being aware of the symptoms, which include fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash.

Venkatesh said the risk of contracting monkeypox for the general population is low.

The virus is transmitted through bodily fluid and extended face-to-face contact with someone infected.

He points out that people have gotten used to big numbers from COVID-19 infections, so the number of monkeypox cases is deceiving.

“…I wouldn’t worry about the numbers themselves but I would say if you have a new rash, you’re concerned about it, reach out to your doctor,” Venkatesh said.

WEB EXTRA: Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, chief of emergency medicine administration at Yale Medicine and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, discusses monkeypox

Unlike in the early months of COVID, there is an effective vaccine against monkeypox, now rolling quicker in the coming months.

A large supply of monkeypox tests are starting to roll out as well.

Venkatesh said the vaccine can be given to two groups of people, including those who test positive.

“If they’re vaccinated early, their symptoms are milder and they’re less likely to have severe harms and then if you’ve been exposed to someone who has known monkeypox, then you should be vaccinated, ideally within four days of that exposure.”