Increase in Cases of Mpox Reported by Virginia Department of Health

Rise in Mpox Cases in Virginia: Four Hospitalized and Six Co-Infected with HIV, No Vaccinations

Mpox cases have been on the rise in Virginia since January 1, with a total of 12 reported from various regions across the state. The Northern Health region accounted for all 12 cases in 2023. Four patients required hospitalization, and six were co-infected with HIV, but none had been previously vaccinated.

Symptoms of mpox include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a new, unexplained rash that may be painful. To protect yourself from mpox, practice good hygiene and avoid close physical contact with individuals who may be infected. If you have been in contact with someone with mpox or are experiencing symptoms, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare provider about getting tested.

If you suspect you have mpox or are experiencing symptoms, stay at home and avoid contact with others until your rash has healed and a new layer of skin has formed. Further information on mpox can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website. For assistance and questions regarding mpox illness, vaccination, and treatment options, the VDH call center is available with live operators who can be reached at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in English, Spanish, and over 100 other languages. TTY users may dial 7-1-1 for assistance. It is crucial to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and others from mpox.

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