Monkeypox Cases Increase

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This 1997 image provided by CDC, shows the right arm and torso of a patient, whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox. As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries. (CDC via AP)
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There are now nine reported or confirmed cases of monkeypox in over a half dozen states, including California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The CDC says there are vaccines available. In an interview with USA Today, Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, says most cases have been mild and self-limited, and an antiviral wouldn’t be something automatically recommended or administered.

McQuiston warned that monkeypox cases could be mistaken for a sexually transmitted disease and urged people to see a doctor if they are unsure.

The White House is ramping up testing for monkeypox but says it is not currently as much of a concern as COVID-19 and most reported cases have been in Europe.

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