Monkeypox cases have now been found in these 23 states

Monkeypox cases have now been found in these 23 states

Monkeypox has now been found in 23 US states in an outbreak that has seen more than 3,300 confirmed cases in 42 countries worldwide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Monkeypox, a virus typically found in central and western Africa, is currently spreading to non-endemic countries, including Europe and North America. It is a zoonotic virus originally transmitted from animals to humans and has symptoms similar to those experienced by smallpox patients, but clinically less severe.

While some previous cases have been linked to gay and bisexual men — with many stemming from a single conference event — anyone with any sexuality can contract the disease, as it can spread from one person to another through physical contact with lesions, bodily fluids and airways is transmitted droplets and contaminated materials. There is currently no conclusive evidence that monkeypox qualifies as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue, followed by a characteristic rash that can cause scarring.

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The list of states where monkeypox has now been found includes (four cases have been reported in Washington DC):

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Missouri

Nevada

New Jersey

new York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Arizona

Arizona was believed to have had a single case of monkeypox on June 22nd. The patient is a male in his late 30s who is currently in isolation and recovering. Tests at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory returned a presumptive positive result, which was confirmed by the CDC.

“ADHD [Arizona Department of Health Services] is working closely with local health authorities across Arizona to identify and respond to potential cases quickly,” said Don Herrington, interim director of ADHD. “It’s important to note that monkeypox is highly controllable with simple precautions.”

California

California had reported 39 cases of monkeypox as of June 21.

“While it is good to remain vigilant during emerging public health outbreaks, the current risk of catching monkeypox in public is very low,” the California Department of Health and Human Services said.

Colorado

Colorado had five cases of monkeypox as of June 16. Scott Bookman, director of the Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response for the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), told Denver7, “I really want to point out that this is a very different situation than the COVID -19 reaction that we’ve been talking about for the past two years. This virus is not nearly as transmissible. We are not seeing widespread transmission at this time.”

Florida

So far, 16 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Florida. Jarod Fox, director of infectious diseases at Orlando Health, said, “The good thing is that it’s not an extremely contagious organism, so a lot of people will be scared, but I don’t want them to be.”

Georgia

Georgia had three confirmed cases of monkeypox as of June 20. Health Department spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said that the latest case was an Atlanta man who recently traveled to Chicago for a convention and that his case was unrelated to the two cases previously identified in the state.

Hawaii

On June 17, there were five cases of monkeypox in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health said all five were linked.

Illinois

Nineteen cases have been confirmed in Illinois as of June 16. Chicago’s Department of Health said in a press release that seven of the city’s cases had recently traveled to Europe, the first two cases appeared to be related, while one was a Chicago resident after attending the International Mr. Leather conference with monkeypox diagnosed.

Indiana

The city of Gary reported one case of monkeypox Tuesday, the second for Indiana.

Mayor Jerome Prince announced the confirmation of a case of monkeypox in the city.

“The risk of monkeypox among the general public remains extremely low,” State Health Commissioner Kris Box said. “Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily through brief, casual contact. Please continue to take the same steps you do to protect yourself from infection, including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and contact a doctor if you have any new signs or symptoms.”

Maryland

On June 21, there were three suspected cases of monkeypox in Maryland.

Maryland’s first suspected case was identified in the National Capital Region a week ago. Health officials said the three people are isolating at home and are recovering.

Massachusetts

As of June 16, seven cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said the latest case involves an adult male with recent travel abroad.

Missouri

On June 18, Missouri announced its first case of monkeypox.

“This week one of our distinguished nurses suspected that one of our patients might have the monkeypox virus,” said Dr. Marvia Jones, director of the Kansas City Department of Health. “We are considering this as a probable case of monkeypox virus until we receive final confirmation from CDC labs.” We appreciate the work that our disease screening and nursing staff have done to educate and be aware of this rare virus.”

Nevada

In Nevada, on June 15, a case of monkeypox was recorded in a Clark County resident who had recently traveled within the state.

New Jersey

New Jersey had a single reported case through June 20. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, the person is isolating at home and the local health department is conducting contact tracing.

new York

Twenty-eight people in New York City tested positive for orthopoxvirus (the family of viruses that includes monkeypox), with 22 confirmed cases of monkeypox. “All cases are likely monkeypox,” says NYC Health.

Ohio

Ohio had a single case of monkeypox on June 13. “What I would like to emphasize is that monkeypox does not spread easily between people and so the risk to Ohio residents in general is very low,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said in a statement.

Oklahoma

Two cases of monkeypox have been identified in Oklahoma.

“We knew there was a possibility that more cases would be identified in the state,” Jolianne Stone, state epidemiologist, said in a statement. “Our response team remains active and continues to coordinate different areas within the agency to respond as needed when a case arises.”

Oregon

As of June 16, a single case of monkeypox had been identified in Oregon. The patient had traveled to a community with confirmed cases and is now in isolation.

Pennsylvania

A second case of monkeypox was discovered on June 15 in Pennsylvania.

“The case involves a resident of Philadelphia. Samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation of monkeypox,” said Mark O’Neill, a spokesman for the Department of Health, in a statement.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island had a case on June 9th. The patient lives in Providence County, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement.

Texas

As of June 20, Texas has had three confirmed cases of monkeypox, with the latest two being discovered in Houston over the past weekend. Both new patients recently traveled out of state.

Utah

Utah has had two cases of monkeypox since the last May 23 update. Both infected people developed symptoms after traveling internationally in May.

Virginia

Virginia had a case of monkeypox on June 17th. On May 27, the CDC confirmed monkeypox in an adult woman from the northern region of Virginia who recently traveled to an African country known to have the disease but was not contagious during the trip.

Washington

Washington has had one confirmed case since they were last updated on May 27th.

dr Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health Seattle & King County, said in a statement: “While I think it’s unlikely that we’ll have a large outbreak locally, it’s possible that there are other cases in the community. Anyone with symptoms of monkeypox should consult a healthcare provider.”

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