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Monkeypox cases confirmed in three South FL residents; 19 cases across the U.S.

By: - June 2, 2022 12:27 pm

Monkeypox, which is endemic to African countries, has been identified in the United States. Credit: CDC

A rare disease spreading globally and across the United States that can cause skin lesions and other symptoms has been confirmed in Florida, with all three cases detected in Broward County.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health told the Florida Phoenix in an email Thursday that the agency now provides “up-to-date information on monkeypox” including case information on its website.

State data show that all the cases [3] have been identified in Broward County, which is in South Florida, as of Wednesday. Previously, two presumptive positive cases were identified in Broward, according to the state health department.

The state health department in Broward said in a press release that its conducting contact tracing to “notify close contacts and other” measures.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking the disease that typically causes symptoms, such as fever, chills, and a “distinctive rash,” as well as genital lesions.

Overall, 19 cases have been confirmed in the United States, as of Wednesday, according to the CDC. One of the Florida cases includes a Broward resident connected to international travel, who tested positive in the United Kingdom, the CDC noted.

New York has the highest number of monkeypox cases [4], followed by Florida and California with three cases each and Utah has two cases.

On May 18, the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of monkeypox in a Massachusetts resident who had suffered from the characteristic skin lesions after traveling from Canada. The CDC noted in a health advisory that “clusters of monkeypox cases have been reported in several countries that don’t normally have monkeypox.”

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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.