US monkeypox: Where are cases now?

US monkeypox: Where are cases now?

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The monkeypox virus has spread to 20 U.S. states and the nation’s capital.

Thus far, 113 infections have been reported, with the majority in California, New York, Illinois and Florida.

New Jersey’s Department of Health reported its first case on Monday. Missouri officials also identified a possible case in a Kansas City resident this weekend.

Other locations are reporting cases of monkeypox and oropoxvirus in the single digits according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under a magnification of 50X, this image depicted a section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus. The specimen was obtained on day-13 of the rash development.

Under a magnification of 50X, this image depicted a section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus. The specimen was obtained on day-13 of the rash development.
(CDC)

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There are now more than 35 countries – where monkeypox is not endemic – that have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, as confirmed cases exceed 2,500. The World Health Organization (WHO), is holding an emergency meeting to decide if the outbreak should be considered a worldwide health emergency.

An image created during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 1996 to 1997, shows the hands of a patient with a rash due to monkeypox, in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022. 

An image created during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 1996 to 1997, shows the hands of a patient with a rash due to monkeypox, in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022.
(CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS)

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The United Nations (UN) health agency said people with monkeypox could be infectious for up to four weeks and has advised those infected to isolate themselves until they have fully recovered.

Although the majority of new monkeypox cases have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts caution that anyone is at potential risk.

Monkeypox on a child in Nigeria

Monkeypox in Nigeria on a child
(Credits: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control via WHO)

People normally become infected with the monkeypox virus through contact with the skin lesions or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans or through contact with materials contaminated with the virus. The disease is most common in central and western Africa.

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Monkeypox, which is related to smallpox, has milder symptoms. Some symptoms of monkeypox include fever, rash, and aches.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can follow her on Twitter @JuliaElenaMusto

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