A case of monkeypox has been reported in northwestern Virginia, health officials said

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health on Monday announced a suspected case of monkeypox in a Virginia resident in northwest Virginia, bringing the total number of cases in Virginia to 27. Testing was conducted in the General Services Division, Consolidated Laboratory Services Division.

Multiple countries, including the United States, are currently experiencing an epidemic of monkeypox. To date, most, but not all, cases have occurred in individuals who identify as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (MSM), the health release said. To date, three deaths have been reported worldwide from this outbreak. As of July 8, the CDC reported 8,238 cases of monkeypox identified in 57 countries; 790 cases were reported in the United States.

The new case is an elderly male resident of northwest Virginia. The patient is currently in isolation. To protect patient privacy, no additional information will be provided. The health department is identifying and monitoring close contacts of the patients, the release said.

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