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The Virginia Department of Health has reported an increase in mpox cases in the state, with a total of 24 cases reported since January 1. The cases have been reported from various health regions, including Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest. Four patients required hospitalization, and six were co-infected with HIV. None of the patients had previously been vaccinated against mpox.

Signs and symptoms of mpox include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a new, unexplained rash that may be painful. To protect yourself from mpox, it is important to take steps to prevent its spread through close, sustained physical contact. If you have been in close contact with someone who has mpox, monitor yourself for symptoms for 21 days and consider getting vaccinated.

If you have mpox or symptoms of mpox, it is recommended to talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested, even if you have been vaccinated. Stay at home and avoid contact with other people and animals until your mpox rash has healed. For more information on mpox, the VDH call center is available with live operators to answer questions about illness, vaccination, and treatment options. 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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