Mumps cases on the rise, says Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Health Department Reports 12 Cases of Mpox in Northern Health Region in 2023

In 2023, the Virginia Department of Health reported 12 cases of mpox in the Northern Health region, all of which were previously reported in January. The signs and symptoms of mpox include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a new, unexplained rash that may be painful. To prevent the spread of mpox, it is important to take steps to avoid close, sustained physical contact with others who have been infected.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has mpox or are experiencing symptoms of mpox yourself, it is recommended to talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for the virus. Even if you have been vaccinated against mpox, it is still possible to contract the virus and develop symptoms. Stay at home and avoid contact with other people and animals until your rash has healed completely.

The VDH call center is available with live operators to answer questions about illness, vaccination options, and treatment options for those affected by mpox. You can reach them at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in various languages including English and Spanish. TTY users may dial 7-1-1 for assistance.

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