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US monkeypox cases top 6,600 as virus continues to spread

As cases of monkeypox continue to spread around the world, the U.S. has reported 6,617 cases of the virus as of Wednesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monkeypox has affected a total of 87 countries since the last outbreak was first detected in West and Central Africa in May, where it has been largely contained. The World Health Organization classified it as a global health emergency in July.

The governors of three states — California, New York and Illinois — have declared states of emergency over the monkey outbreak in recent days as cases there reached 826, 1,666 and 547, respectively, as of Wednesday, according to the agency.

But those three states aren’t the only ones to have reported cases of the virus, which mostly affects men who have sex with other men. The CDC said monkeypox is spread through close physical contact, respiratory secretions, and objects, fabrics, and surfaces used by someone infected with the virus.

The CDC has tracked monkeypox cases by state, and specifically, no cases have been reported in Montana and Wyoming. As the agency reported Wednesday, these are the number of cases of monkeypox that have been confirmed in each U.S. state and territory.

  • Alabama: 19
  • Alaska: 1
  • Arizona: 85
  • Arkansas: 5th
  • California: 826
  • Colorado: 53
  • Connecticut: 39
  • Delaware: 5
  • District of Columbia: 257
  • Florida: 525
  • Georgia: 504
  • Hawaii: 10
  • Idaho: 5
  • Illinois: 547
  • Indiana: 62
  • Iowa: 11
  • Kansas: 1
  • Kentucky: 8th
  • Louisiana: 58
  • Mainz: 2
  • Maryland: 157
  • Massachusetts: 134
  • Michigan: 56
  • Minnesota: 39
  • Mississippi: 4th
  • Missouri: 12
  • Montana: No confirmed cases
  • Nebraska: 10
  • Nevada: 26
  • New Hampshire: 14th
  • New Jersey: 160
  • New Mexico: 10th
  • New York: 1666
  • North Carolina: 72
  • North Dakota: 1
  • Ohio: 34
  • Oklahoma: 10
  • Oregon: 75
  • Pennsylvania: 173
  • Puerto Rico: 19th
  • Rhode Island: 26
  • South Carolina: 23rd
  • South Dakota: 1
  • Tennessee: 39
  • Texas: 527
  • Utah: 41
  • Vermont: 1
  • Virginia: 105
  • Washington: 134
  • West Virginia: 3rd
  • Wisconsin: 19
  • Wyoming: No confirmed cases

Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, fatigue, sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough. A rash can also develop on or near the genitals or anus, or on the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth, which can contain scabs or look like pimples or blisters that can be painful or itchy.

To combat the spread of the virus in the US, the White House said it has distributed 1.1 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine nationwide and is conducting 80,000 tests a week to help combat the outbreak.


The illustration shows a labeled test tube "monkeypox virus positive

Photo: Reuters / DADO RUVIC

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