Six additional monkeypox cases confirmed in Del., health officials say

Monkeypox Delaware

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced six additional monkeypox cases in the state, including three in Sussex County.

We’re told the three Sussex County cases include males ages 33, 48, and 58 years old. The additional three cases are in New Castle County, in males ages 26, 38, and 57 years old. None of the cases are related to one another, and all patients have reported recent high-risk intimate contact prior to onset. The 33-year-old also reported recent travel, health officials say.

Vaccines are available to those confirmed to have been exposed or are at higher risk of being exposed to the virus. Last week, medical providers who offer HIV PrEP began administering vaccines to patients, and this week, access was expanded to include those engaging in his-risk activities include sexual practices that increase exposure to monkeypox.

As of Friday, August 26th, eligible persons can be vaccinated at Beebe Healthcare. Appointments may be scheduled online; walk-ins will not be accepted. Additionally, individuals should call the MPX hotline at 866-408-1899 for a screening evaluation.

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