These states have reported the most cases of monkeypox: CDC data

(NEXSTAR) — Massachusetts reported the first case of monkeypox virus in the US in May, after it had recently traveled to Canada. Now, about a month and a half later, the 2022 outbreak has spread to 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 460 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Of the states that are reporting cases of monkeypox, CDC data shows that 10 have reported 11 or more cases since May. California has the highest number of cases at 95, with New York nearing 90. Illinois and Florida have each reported just over 50 cases.

Twenty states have yet to report a case of monkeypox, including five in the northern plains and five in the south. The interactive map below shows the state-by-state case count along with the most recent data from the CDC.

Monkeypox, medically known as orthopox, has sickened people in Central and West Africa for decades, but as of May, the disease has been reported to cause significant outbreaks in several countries at the same time and no one for the continent. Travel was not known to include people with links.

It was first discovered in 1958 in monkeys being kept for research. It was detected in humans 12 years later in a child in a rural rainforest area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where smallpox was eradicated, the World Health Organization states.

People with monkeypox often experience symptoms such as fever, body aches, and rash; Most recover within weeks without the need for medical care.

According to the CDC, more than 5,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported from 51 countries around the world that do not usually report the disease.

Scientists have warned that a person who is in close physical contact with a person suffering from monkeypox or their clothing or sheets are at risk of infection. Vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women are more likely to suffer from serious illness.

Some experts and advocates are warning that the Biden administration is reacting too slowly to the monkeypox outbreak, putting the US at risk of losing control of the disease. David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, said three areas in particular have been slow: “streamlining testing, making vaccines available, streamlining access to the best therapeutics.”

Last week, the White House said it plans to send thousands of vaccine doses to combat the monkeypox outbreak.

The Associated Press and Nathaniel Wexel contributed to this report.


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