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Meritus Health shares information with community following positive monkeypox test result

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As confirmed cases of monkeypox continue to rise across the nation and in the state of Maryland, officials with Meritus Health announced a monkeypox test collected by Meritus has come back with a positive result.

“We want our community to be informed about monkeypox,” explained Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., chief operating officer, Meritus Medical Center.

“Meritus Health is collaborating with local health providers, the health department, and neighboring health systems. Last week, Meritus Health provided testing for an individual who lives in the tristate region, and their test has come back positive. This confirmation is being shared for awareness, not alarm,” she said.

Adams added her team is aware of an additional positive monkeypox case, involving a Washington County resident. That person was not tested at the Meritus Health testing location, and is not receiving care at Meritus Medical Center.

It is important to stay informed, know your risk factors and the typical symptoms of monkeypox. Symptoms can include rash, fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

“Remember this is not COVID. The rates of hospitalization and severe illness from Monkeypox are exceedingly low. If you have been exposed to monkeypox, or think you’ve been exposed, you are not contagious if you do not have symptoms and in particular the presence of the characteristic rash,” Adams said.

Meritus Health experts recommend that if you think you have sores or lesions on your body that could be the disease, to call your doctor's office, or use MeritusNow for a virtual consultation.

Testing for monkeypox is not available at the Emergency Department, patients are encouraged to consult with a medical professional to determine if they need a test.

More details, including information on monkeypox testing, can be found at MeritusHealth.com/Monkeypox.