Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads
The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other symptoms. New York has the most U.S. cases, at 2,187, followed by California (1,892), Florida (1,053), Georgia (824) and Texas (815).
Wyoming is the lone state in the country that has no monkeypox cases, according to the data.
The Florida Department of Health show slightly more cases in the state, with 1,055 infections across 28 counties. South Florida has seen the most cases, with Miami-Dade County reporting 414 and Broward reporting 374.
The CDC has pointed to most cases occurring in men who have sex with men, but anyone can contract the virus. Cases have been identified in young children and teens in Florida, according to state data.
Federal health officials continue to scramble to distribute more doses of the Jynneos vaccine to combat the virus.
The federal government on Aug. 4 declared a public health emergency over monkeypox, and in July, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern.
In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis shut down the idea of declaring a state of emergency, but other states such as, New York, California and Illinois had declared a state of emergency due to the rise in cases.
Here’s the latest U.S. numbers from the CDC:
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