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Florida closing in on 2,000 monkeypox cases in half the counties in the state

By: - August 30, 2022 1:51 pm

Blood sample tube positive with Monkeypox virus. Credit: Getty Images

Florida is closing in on 2,000 cases of monkeypox, a disease that can cause a painful, characteristic rash and other symptoms, with half of the counties in the state showing at least one or more infections.

In addition, cases have continued to climb for some children, teens and young adults in Florida, although federal and global health officials have said most cases are related to contact between men. Still, anyone can get a monkeypox infection, according to the health officials.

Overall, there have been 1,913 cases across 33 of Florida’s 67 counties, as of Tuesday, according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Health. Most infections have been in South Florida, with Miami-Dade County reporting 704 cases and Broward County reporting 578.

Other counties with the most cases include Orange (150); Hillsborough (124); Palm Beach (86) and Pinellas (85). Duval has reported 25 cases and Seminole has 21 cases.

And while the largest numbers of monkeypox cases are among adults from ages 30 to 44, the numbers are rising for younger adults, teens and young children.

Data show 402 monkeypox cases in the 30-34 age group, followed by 337 in the 35-39 age group and 288 in the 40-44 group.

The data also show 19 cases in the age group of 15-19, and 94 cases in the age group of 20-24, as well as two infections among the age group of 0-4. Also, the 25-29 group has 248 cases.

However, state health officials have dismissed the idea of implementing new safety measures at public K-12 schools in the state, as previously reported by the Florida Phoenix.

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Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.