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First possible case of Monkeypox in West Virginia

A Berkeley County resident may be infected with monkeypox, according to health officials.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the first probable case of monkeypox Friday. No other additional information was released.

Approximately, there are 600 monkeypox cases nationwide.

State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad monkeypox is much less contagious than COVID-19.

“The risk to West Virginians is extremely low,” Amjad said.

According to the DHHR, monkeypox is spread through close and prolonged contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, aches, or a blistering rash.

The DHHR’s lab conducted the initial testing for the monkeypox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing to confirm the case.



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