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WBAL: Anti-viral treatment available in Maryland to treat monkeypox

August 23, 2022 | Lisa Robinson

Judith Lee, CRNP

What do you do if you think you have monkeypox?

All 50 U.S. states have reported at least one monkeypox case. Of the more than 15,000 cases nationwide, Maryland accounts for 379 monkeypox infections.

Smallpox therapies may be used, although data on their effectiveness for the virus is limited. Vaccines are hard to come by, but there is an anti-viral treatment available.

At the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Human Virology THRIVE program, patients who think they have monkeypox can be evaluated and treated if they meet criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with severe disease or who are at risk for severe disease will be considered.

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Vanessa McMains
Director of Media & Public Affairs
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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