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OHA Launches Monkeypox Website

PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon Health Authority has launched a new webpage for information about the hMPXV outbreak. State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger says it’s more user-friendly, "Has more accessible information on who’s at risk for Monkeypox and how they can access testing, vaccines and treatments, and take additional steps to protect themselves and others. It has links to additional resources, including guidance on isolation, what to do if you’ve been exposed [and] answers to frequently asked questions." It will also provide weekly updates on the spread of the virus. Sidelinger says new information will typically post on Wednesdays.

As of Thursday, there are 95 confirmed and presumptive cases of hMPXV in Oregon, three are women. Dr. Sidelinger says cases are spread across seven counties, "Three in Clackamas, one in Columbia, one in Coos, 17 in Lane, one in Marion, 57 in Multnomah and 15 in Washington."

Lane County public health officer Dr. Patrick Luedke says access to the vaccine is critical, "Our recommendations to other jurisdictions that have not yet seen a case is to make sure that they secure a few doses of the JYNNEOS and TPOXX; when they get a case, they can jump right on it very quickly."

OHA stresses Monkeypox is not airborne, and, while men who have sex with men are most at risk, anyone can contract the virus through prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. 

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