Monkeypox Cases Confirmed in Hamilton County

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department confirmed that there are three positive Monkeypox cases in the Chattanooga area. The Department is conducting case investigations to alert anyone who might have been exposed to the virus.

Hamilton County Health Department Health Officer Doctor Stephen Miller said overall, the risk Monkeypox brings to our population is low, but Monkeypox is a disease that can affect any individual. It is transmitted mainly through direct and intimate physical contact from a person with monkeypox.

“As far as just talking to someone being in a public place with someone, that’s not how it happens. There are a couple of cases of respiratory passing. But these individuals usually require being in a confined space, such as a car, or a small apartment room or something for more than three hours.”

Dr. Miller said the Health Department has been anticipating and preparing for Monkeypox to reach the community. Most cases self-resolve and do not involve any treatment.

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