Like other public health emergencies, the Maryland Hospital Association and its members are ready to treat MPX patients, however, Monkeypox patients should seek immediate treatment by a primary care or other health provider in order to avoid hospitalization.
To see the latest case count refer to the Maryland Department of Health case tracker.
Monkeypox (MPX) is a rare infection caused by the monkeypox virus. MPX is contracted when you come in close contact with a human or animal with the infection. Most cases are found in Africa, but MPX has been seen in the U.S. since spring 2022.
Those with MPX are contagious from the time when symptoms first begin and can last two to four weeks. Currently, the risk to the general public is low.
Symptoms can include but are not limited to rash, fever, head and muscle ache, chills, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.
If you believe you have been exposed to or have MPX, contact your primary care or other healthcare provider immediately.
Hospitals and health care providers can find additional guidance below.