June 21, 2024

Virginia Sees Increase in Mpox Cases Since New Year, Health Department Reports

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Increase in Cases of Mpox Reported by Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Department of Health has reported an increase in mpox cases in different regions of the state. Since January 1, there have been 12 cases reported from Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest health regions. Four of the patients required hospitalization, six were co-infected with HIV, and none had been previously vaccinated. In 2023, all 12 reported cases were from the Northern Health region.

Mpox is a highly contagious disease that can cause fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a new rash that may be painful. It is important to practice good hygiene and avoid close physical contact with individuals who may be infected to protect yourself from mpox. If you suspect you have been in contact with someone who has mpox or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare provider about getting tested.

Stay at home and avoid contact with others until your rash has healed and a new layer of skin has formed if you suspect you have mpox or are experiencing symptoms. More information on mpox can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.

For assistance and questions regarding mpox illness, vaccination options, and treatment options, call the VDH call center at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm in English, Spanish, or over 100 other languages. TTY users may dial 7-1-1 for assistance. Remember to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and others from mpox.

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