Mumps cases on the rise, says Virginia Department of Health

Alarming Surge in Mpox Cases in Virginia: What You Need to Know

In Virginia, the Department of Health has reported a surge in mpox cases since January 1. Over 12 patients have been diagnosed with the virus from Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest health regions. Four of them needed hospitalization and six were co-infected with HIV. None of the individuals had previously received vaccination against mpox. In 2023, there were also 12 cases reported from the Northern Health region.

Mpox is characterized by symptoms such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and an unexplained rash that may be painful. It’s important to take preventive measures to avoid its spread through close physical contact. If you’ve been near someone who has mpox or are experiencing symptoms yourself, monitor your health for 21 days and consider getting vaccinated if necessary.

If you’re positive for mpox or displaying symptoms related to it, reach out to your healthcare provider for testing options even if you’ve already been immunized. Stay at home and maintain social distance until your rash heals completely. For additional information about mpox, contact VDH at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) during business hours Monday through Friday in several languages including English and Spanish. TTY users can dial 7-1-1 for assistance.

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