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Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads

By: - August 11, 2022 5:03 pm

Monkeypox. Credit: World Health Organization.

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other symptoms. New York has the most U.S. cases, at 2,187, followed by California (1,892), Florida (1,053), Georgia (824) and Texas (815).

Wyoming is the lone state in the country that has no monkeypox cases, according to the data.

The Florida Department of Health show slightly more cases in the state, with 1,055 infections across 28 counties. South Florida has seen the most cases, with Miami-Dade County reporting 414 and Broward reporting 374.

The CDC has pointed to most cases occurring in men who have sex with men, but anyone can contract the virus. Cases have been identified in young children and teens in Florida, according to state data.

Federal health officials continue to scramble to distribute more doses of the Jynneos vaccine to combat the virus.

The federal government on Aug. 4 declared a public health emergency over monkeypox, and in July, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis shut down the idea of declaring a state of emergency, but other states such as, New York, California and Illinois had declared a state of emergency due to the rise in cases.

Here’s the latest U.S. numbers from the CDC:

State Monkeypox cases
New York 2,187
California 1,892
Florida 1,053
Georgia 824
Texas 815
Illinois 734
District of Columbia 319
New Jersey 293
Pennsylvania 282
Maryland 259
Washington 234
Massachusetts 202
Virginia 175
Arizona 163
North Carolina 131
Colorado 111
Louisiana 97
Oregon 95
Michigan 82
Ohio 78
Indiana 77
Tennessee 67
Utah 64
Minnesota 61
Nevada 59
Connecticut 57
South Carolina 49
Puerto Rico 43
Rhode Island 31
Wisconsin 31
Alabama 27
Missouri 19
New Mexico 16
New Hampshire 15
Arkansas 14
Nebraska 14
Iowa 13
Hawaii 12
Oklahoma 12
Kentucky 11
Mississippi 11
Idaho 9
Delaware 8
West Virginia 4
Kansas 3
Maine 3
Non-US Resident 3
Alaska 2
Montana 2
North Dakota 2
South Dakota 2
Vermont 1
Wyoming 0
Total 10,768

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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.