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Monkeypox outbreak expanding in U.S., including in FL, and across the globe

By: - June 3, 2022 2:31 pm

Monkeypox virus. Credit: CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 21 cases of the rare monkeypox disease have now been confirmed in 11 states, including Florida.

The other states are: California, New York, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, Washington state, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Both California and New York have four cases confirmed; Florida has three. The numbers are based on data from Thursday.

(The CDC data stated that “One Florida case is listed here but included in the United Kingdom case counts because the individual was tested while in the UK.”)

On the global front, the CDC reported 790 cases of monkeypox in 28 countries in the world, also based on data from Thursday.

The largest number of cases are in the United Kingdom, with 207 cases, followed by 156 cases in Spain and 138 in Portugal. Canada, the closest country from the United States, has 58 cases, and Germany, 57, followed by 40 cases in the Netherlands and 33 cases in France.

(The U.S. figure shows 20 on the global map, though the CDC shows 21 cases on the U.S. map.)

For countries with fewer than 20 cases can be seen here; 13 countries have 3 cases or fewer.

Keep in mind that monkeypox is endemic in several Central and West African countries, and “the CDC is tracking multiple reported U.S. monkeypox cases, and monitoring cases in persons in countries without endemic monkey-pox and with no known travel links to an endemic area; current epidemiology suggests person-to-person community spread,” according to a CDC report released Friday.

Symptoms of monkeypox reported in the United States include a chrematistic rash that “involves firm, deep-seated, and well-circumscribed vesicles or pustules, which might umbilicate or become confluent. Lesions progress over time to scabs.”

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.