AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The White House says it’s optimistic about a decline in monkeypox cases and an uptick in vaccinations against the infectious virus.

In Augusta, hospitals have reported treating cases of monkeypox. As of Sept. 13, Augusta University Health tells FOX54 they have treated two patients for monkeypox, one of which remains in "active treatment." 

Representatives for Doctors Hospital say they have treated one patient for the virus outpatient. 

Piedmont Augusta says they have treated two confirmed monkeypox cases both were treated outpatient, a spokesperson confirms. 

Monkeypox, can cause a rash, fever, body aches and chills. The virus is spread through close skin-to-skin contact and prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that men or transgender people who have had multiple male sex partners consider vaccination.

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