Vermont Dept. of Health Identifies First Positive Monkeypox Case in VT
The Vermont Department of Health identified a positive case of human monkeypox virus infection in Vermont. The patient is receiving treatment through the UVM Medical Center.
BURLINGTON (VT) – Today the Vermont Department of Health identified a positive case of human monkeypox virus infection, or hMPXV, in Vermont. The patient, an adult from Franklin County, is at home recovering under the supervision of their physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in coordination with the Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Confirmatory testing is being performed at the CDC.
At UVM Medical Center, a multidisciplinary team has been coordinating preparedness for Monkeypox, and will continue to work with the Vermont Department of Health and CDC.
“We knew this virus would come to Vermont, as it came to neighboring states, and we are prepared to provide high-quality care to our community,” said Stephen Leffler, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of the UVM Medical Center. “By staying informed, following expert advice and seeking care when needed, we can keep ourselves and each other safe.”
UVM Medical Center infectious disease experts reminded Vermonters that human monkeypox virus is transmitted through very close, often skin-to-skin contact, including through sex. Anyone can be infected, but brief, non-intimate exposures are very unlikely to transmit the virus. Monkeypox can be acquired by all people, regardless of any dimension of diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.
Testing is available, as well as a safe and effective vaccine for those with known exposure to a case or who are otherwise at very high risk for exposure. People with fever and rash should contact their health care provider for guidance. They should also isolate from others if they can to avoid transmission in the meantime. Those without a provider or insurance can call 2-1-1 to be connected to services.
For more information, visit: healthvermont.gov/hMPXV