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Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Health to hold monkeypox info sessions

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/13/2022 1:56:32 AM
Modified: 8/13/2022 1:53:18 AM

HANOVER — Both Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Health are holding online information sessions about monkeypox beginning next week.

The sessions come now that the World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern and the Biden Administration also has declared the virus a public health emergency in the United States.

“We have all seen in the last 2½ years just how quickly and drastically viral diseases can infect large swaths of the population, impacting nearly every part of our lives,” Jessica L. Swain, director of Infection Prevention and Control at Dartmouth Health, said in a Wednesday news release.

“Unlike with COVID-19, we have seen monkeypox before and therefore are at an advantage when it comes to tackling this outbreak head-on.”

As of Thursday, there had been no cases of monkeypox reported in the Dartmouth community, but officials expect that cases may occur over the course of the year, according to a community update from Provost David Kotz and Executive Vice President Rick Mills. The virus has been detected in both Vermont and New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, New Hampshire Deputy State Epidemiologist Elizabeth Talbot, a physician and associate professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, is scheduled to discuss monkeypox on an hour-long Zoom webinar beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Talbot is slated to provide an overview of what monkeypox is, how it is transmitted and provide up-to-date public health information about reported cases.

The Zoom link is online at: https://covid.dartmouth.edu/aug-11-2022-community-message.

Also beginning on Wednesday, is a virtual educational series, “Just in Time: Testing, Vaccination, and Treatment for Monkeypox,” a Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes hosted by Dartmouth Health.

The three-session series will offer a “crash course” on the epidemiology, strategies for prevention and treatment related to monkeypox. Wednesday’s session is slated to cover efficient and effective testing; Aug. 24’s session is slated to cover the vaccine; the Aug. 31 session is to focus on treatment.

All three sessions will be held from 12-1 p.m. Registration is required and free. Registration is online at: https://bit.ly/3Ak2qlF.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.




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