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Jul 13 2022

Monkeypox guidance from NC DHHS

With confirmed cases of monkeypox in multiple North Carolina counties, the state Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is working to ensure that clinicians are prepared to diagnose, manage and report cases of the infectious illness. Visit the NC DHHS monkeypox page.

In a guidance document dated July 12, State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, MD, provides the most current information on clinical features of the illness, as well as guidance on testing for and reporting cases, treatment and infection prevention, among other information.

Cases of monkeypox have been confirmed across North Carolina in patients with no history of travel to places where the illness is endemic. Individuals infected with Monkeypox virus may present with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, followed within a few days by a distinctive blistering rash. The disease is spread via contact with infected fluids, including saliva and lesions.

Read the July 12 guidance document

NC DHHS has also developed communications resources to educate patients and communities about monkeypox. See the communications toolkit here.