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  • Virginia: 2022 Monkeypox

    Source: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/vi...-of-monkeypox/


    Virginia Reports First Presumed Case of Monkeypox

    UPDATE May 27, 2022: The CDC has confirmed that the Virginia patient tested positive for monkeypox. For more information, visit VDH’s Monkeypox Surveillance and Investigation webpage, here.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2022
    Virginia Reports First Presumed Case of Monkeypox
    Individual is Resident in Northern Virginia Who Recently Traveled Internationally
    (Richmond, VA) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the first presumed monkeypox case in a Virginia resident. The initial testing was completed at the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. VDH is awaiting confirmatory test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The patient is an adult female resident of the Northern region of Virginia with recent international travel history to an African country where the disease is known to occur. She was not infectious during travel. She did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home to monitor her health. To protect patient privacy, no further information will be provided. The health department is identifying and monitoring the patient’s close contacts. No additional cases have been detected in Virginia at this time.
    “Monkeypox is a very rare disease in the United States. The patient is currently isolating and does not pose a risk to the public.” said State Health Commissioner Colin M. Greene, MD, MPH. “Transmission requires close contact with someone with symptomatic monkeypox, and this virus has not shown the ability to spread rapidly in the general population. VDH is monitoring national and international trends and has notified medical providers in Virginia to watch for monkeypox cases and report them to their local health district as soon as possible. Based on the limited information currently available about the evolving multi-country outbreak, the risk to the public appears to be very low.”
    Although rare, monkeypox is a potentially serious viral illness that is transmitted when someone has close contact with an infected person or animal. Person-to-person spread occurs with prolonged close contact or with direct contact with body fluids or contact with contaminated materials such as clothing or linens. Illness typically begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swelling of the lymph nodes. After a few days, a specific type of rash appears, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, clear up within two to four weeks. Some people can have severe illness and die. As with many viral illnesses, treatment mainly involves supportive care and relief of symptoms.
    If you are sick and have symptoms consistent with monkeypox, seek medical care from your healthcare provider, especially if you are in one of the following groups:
    • Those who traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox during the month before their symptoms began,
    • Those who have had contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox, or
    • Men who regularly have close or intimate contact with other men.
    If you need to seek care, call your healthcare provider first. Let them know you are concerned about possible monkeypox infection so they can take precautions to ensure that others are not exposed.
    On May 20, 2022, VDH distributed a Clinician Letter to medical professionals reminding them to report any suspected cases of monkeypox to their local health department as soon as possible and implement appropriate infection prevention precautions.
    For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the World Health Organization website and the VDH website.

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    Source: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/vi...hern-virginia/

    Virginia Reports Second Presumed Case of Monkeypox: Individual is Resident in Northern Virginia


    For Immediate Release – June 24, 2022
    Media Contact:
    Lorrie Andrew-Spear, Lorrie.Andrew-Spear@vdh.virginia.gov, Risk Communications Manager
    Virginia Reports Second Presumed Case of Monkeypox
    Individual is Resident in Northern Virginia
    (Richmond, VA) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the second presumed monkeypox case in a Virginia resident. Testing was completed at the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services and confirmed Orthopoxvirus infection. Confirmatory Monkeypox virus testing will be performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Multiple countries, including the United States, are currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak. To date, most, but not all, cases have occurred in persons who identify as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men (MSM). Few hospitalizations and one death have been reported globally in this outbreak thus far. As of June 23, CDC had reported 3504 cases of monkeypox identified in 44 countries; 173 cases were reported in the United States.
    “Monkeypox is a rare disease in the United States and based on the information currently available about the evolving multi-country outbreak, the risk to the public appears to be low.” said State Epidemiologist Lilian Peake, MD, MPH, Director of the Office of Epidemiology at VDH. “VDH continues to monitor this disease and provide guidance to medical providers in Virginia to be on the lookout for possible monkeypox cases and report them to their local health districts. We encourage anyone who has symptoms and potential exposure described below to consult their healthcare provider.”
    The patient is an adult male resident of the Northern region of Virginia who was exposed out of state. The Virginia patient did not require hospitalization and is isolating at home. To protect patient privacy, no further information will be provided. The health department is identifying and monitoring the patient’s close contacts.
    Monkeypox is a potentially serious viral illness, characterized by a specific type of rash. Rash lesions can begin on the genitals, perianal region, or oral cavity and might be the first or only sign of illness. Co-infection with sexually transmitted infections have been reported. Some patients also have fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and/or swelling of the lymph nodes before developing a rash. Symptoms generally appear six to 14 days after exposure and, for most people, clear up within two to four weeks. As with many viral illnesses, treatment mainly involves supportive care and relief of symptoms. Person-to-person spread occurs with close contact or with direct contact with body fluids or contact with contaminated materials such as clothing or linens.
    If you have symptoms consistent with monkeypox, seek medical care from your healthcare provider, especially if you are in one of the following groups:


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    Source: https://www.nbc12.com/2022/06/29/vir...ses-monkeypox/

    Virginia Dept. of Health announces 5 more presumed cases of monkeypox
    By NBC12 Newsroom
    Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 5:50 PM EDT|Updated: 26 minutes ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health announced five additional presumed cases of monkeypox in the state.

    The new cases bring Virginia’s total number to eight cases since May.

    “Multiple countries, including the United States, are currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak. To date, most, but not all, cases have occurred in persons who identify as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men (MSM). Few hospitalizations and one death have been reported globally in this outbreak thus far,” VDH said.

    The new cases include three men from northern Virginia, one man from eastern Virginia and one man from the southwest region. VDH said they were all exposed to other people with monkeypox, and they are currently isolated.

    VDH will continue to monitor their close contacts...

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    • #3
      Source: https://vpm.org/news/articles/33787/...ichmond-region


      19 monkeypox cases reported in Virginia; none in Richmond region
      Written by Whittney Evans
      July 7 2022, 04:14

      Richmond and Henrico Health Districts say there are 19 presumed and confirmed cases of monkeypox in the state — but none so far have been found in Central Virginia. It’s an uncommon disease, but health officials say they’re closely monitoring transmissions as cases climb worldwide...

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        • #5
          Source: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/20...-of-monkeypox/


          Virginia Reports Additional Presumed Case of Monkeypox
          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 14, 2022
          Media Contact: Lorrie Andrew-Spear, Lorrie.Andrew-Spear@vdh.virginia.gov


          Virginia Reports Additional Presumed Case of Monkeypox
          Individual is a Resident of Central Virginia

          Richmond, VA – Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced a presumed case of monkeypox in a Virginia resident in the Central region of Virginia, bringing the total number of cases in Virginia to 40. Testing was conducted at the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services...

          ....This case is the first reported from the Central Region; the case is an adult male resident who recently traveled out of state. The patient is currently isolating. The local health district is identifying close contacts of the case, enrolling them in monitoring, and offering vaccines (if indicated). To protect patient privacy, no further information will be provided...

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          • #6
            UVA Health says there are more monkeypox cases than confirmed in Virginia

            Published: Jul. 24, 2022 at 7:49 PM UTC | Updated: 3 hours ago

            By Dryden Quigley

            CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Sixty four cases of monkeypox are confirmed in Virginia as of July 24, but UVA Health is saying that’s just a fraction of the real number of cases.

            “We are hoping that we’re going to start capturing more of the cases, but I think we can safely say right now that we’re only diagnosing a fraction of the cases that may be present.” UVA Health’s Dr. Costi Sifri said.

            Dr. Sifri says this is for two reasons.

            “Some patients are not recognizing that they may have monkeypox. What we’re seeing with this outbreak is that compared to the sort of the classic teaching of how monkeypox presents, it is presenting a little bit differently in populations,” Dr. Sifri said.

            Even if someone thinks they have monkeypox - testing can be hard to find.

            https://www.nbc29.com/2022/07/25/uva...rmed-virginia/

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            • #7
              MONKEYPOX

              At a Glance: Monkeypox in Virginia

              Number of Monkeypox and Orthopoxvirus Cases (as of July 22, 2022)
              Virginia total 64

              https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveil...ion/monkeypox/

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