Florida monkeypox cases top 500, most in Miami-Dade, Broward

MIAMI – The variety of monkeypox cases in Florida is on the rise.

The state’s well being division mentioned there are actually 525 cases. More than half had been in our tri-county space.

The well being division mentioned there have been 135 confirmed or possible cases in Miami-Dade, 237 cases in Broward, and 12 cases in Monroe.

New nationwide information exhibits the variety of new monkeypox cases is doubling about each week. up to now, there have been greater than 6,300 reported cases throughout 48 states. New York, California, and Illinois have declared states of emergency to assist battle the outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned the virus is unfold principally via shut intimate contact.

“Generally speaking it is largely sexually transmitted and it is also very limited in many ways as to who is getting infected. It’s a very small group of very highly sexually active gay men, generally, that are getting infected with this,” mentioned Dr. Michael Osterholm. 

The virus will also be transmitted by direct contact with an lively rash, or oblique contact with an lively rash via contaminated objects, equivalent to contaminated clothes.

Monkeypox shouldn’t be thought of a extremely contagious illness, and the chance of contracting it’s typically low.

Monkeypox sometimes begins with flu-like signs (e.g., fever, chills, headache, tiredness, muscle aches) and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and physique. The length of sickness is normally 2 to 4 weeks.

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