Herpes Cases Reportedly Skyrocketed at Coachella This Year

Dr. Lynn Marie Morski from online herpes treatment service HerpAlert told PEOPLE that they normally handle 12 cases a day in southern California, but during the first two days of the music festival earlier this month they received almost 250 inquires — about ten times more than their average.

HerpAlert is an online service that allows users to send photos of their possible infection for clinical evaluation and prescription treatment.

In the last 13 days, coinciding with the dates of the music festival, Morski said that 1,105 cases have been reported to HerpAlert from the Indio, Palm Desert and Coachella Valley area around the music festival, along with the Los Angeles area, Orange County and San Diego County.

Coachella Valley area hospitals did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Symptoms of herpes include painful blisters, open sores or ulcers around the affected area.

An online herpes treatment service said their average number of inquiries increased tenfold during the first two days of the festival

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