The number of verified monkeypox cases in the United States has risen by more than 500 over a five-day period, according to the CDC.
This outbreak is the largest outbreak of monkeypox in the country since it was first discovered in 2004. The CDC is working with state and local health officials to investigate and respond to the outbreak.
Of the 1,062 cases reported as of July 20th, New York (581), California (356), Illinois (208), Florida (208), and Georgia (158) accounted for nearly 50%.
As of July 24, there were 778 confirmed cases of monkeypox nationwide, up from 639 on July 19. The majority of cases have been reported in New York City, where health officials say 68 percent of those infected are under the age of 40.
Of the 778 confirmed cases, 97.7 percent have been reported in men, while only one case has been attributed to a woman. The remaining cases are classified as transgender or unknown.
By sexual orientation, 98 percent of cases have been reported in people who are LGBQ+ or unknown. Only nine cases have been attributed to people classified as heterosexual.
This surge in cases is concerning, but not entirely unexpected. Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is similar to smallpox, though much less deadly. The virus is most commonly found in Africa, where it typically affects humans through contact with infected animals.
There are currently no specific treatments for monkeypox, and it is considered a serious health threat. If you think you have been exposed to monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
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