TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) confirmed Sept. 1 that a new positive case has been confirmed within Tompkins county.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) informed the TCHD that one of the previously reported positive cases of monkeypox within the county was a false positive and will be removed from the state’s case tracker, though with the new positive case, the county’s total will remain at three.

The false positive was most likely a result from a commercial lab test that identified a different virus within the orthopox family, which a subsequent Centers for Disease Control test confirmed negative for monkeypox.

More information on monkeypox can be found here.

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