Rising Mpox Cases in Virginia: Important Health Alert for Residents

Increase in Cases of Mpox Reported by Virginia Department of Health

An increase in mpox cases has been reported by the Virginia Department of Health across different regions of the state. From January 1, a total of 12 cases have been reported from Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest health regions. Four patients required hospitalization while six were co-infected with HIV, and none had prior vaccination. In 2023, all reported cases were from the Northern Health region.

Symptoms of mpox include 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 have come into contact with someone with mpox or are experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare provider about getting tested. Stay at home until your rash has healed and a new layer of skin has formed to prevent further spread of the virus. 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, you can contact the VDH call center at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., available in English, Spanish

An increase in mpox cases has been reported by the Virginia Department of Health across different regions of the state. From January 1, a total of 12 cases have been reported from Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest health regions. Four patients required hospitalization while six were co-infected with HIV, and none had prior vaccination. In…

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