Tennessee health officials see surge of mpox cases

Officials at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., are reporting an uptick in mpox cases, leading it to offer a vaccine clinic a day after the announcement was made.

"Our community has seen an uptick in MPox cases recently, and we're taking action to protect you," health officials stated in a Dec. 6 tweet, which also included details about the vaccine clinic. 

The uptick began around Thanksgiving, Laura Varnier, MSN, the nursing and clinical director at Metro Public Health Department told WPLN.

On the same day as the Dec. 7 mpox vaccine clinic in Nashville, the CDC separately issued a health alert regarding the spread of a more severe mpox strain currently being seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

While no cases with the strain have yet been reported in the U.S., the CDC is noting that clinicians should be prepared, and encourage eligible patients to get the Jynneos vaccine to prevent infections.

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