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Benton County reports its first two monkeypox cases

Benton County on Monday announced its first two cases of hMPXV, commonly known as monkeypox.

The Benton County Health Department does not disclose protected health information, which includes any information that could identify a specific patient. The individuals are following recommendations from public health officials and medical providers.

When someone tests positive for hMPXV, the Health Department works to alert all close contacts of the individual, and provides options for testing, treatment and vaccination. While anyone can get hMPXV, risk is higher for individuals who have engaged...