TLR News Alert: First Case of Monkeypox Confirmed in Orange County


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. August 17, 2022 ― The Orange County Health Department (OCHD) has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Orange County.

OCHD has opened a contact investigation to notify close contacts and provide guidance on signs, symptoms, testing, treatment and vaccination. To protect patient privacy, no additional information about this individual will be shared.

“We have been preparing for a case of monkeypox and now that it is here, we want our community to be aware of this disease so that those at risk can seek medical care and get tested promptly if they have symptoms,” said Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart. Anyone can be infected by monkeypox regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or any other identity.

If an Orange County community member has been in contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox or are experiencing symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider or the local health department. Orange County Health Department may be reached at (919) 245-2400.

For more information visit the Orange County Health Department monkeypox page by clicking here.

Source: Orange County Health Department Media Release

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