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Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the US; Florida ranks 3rd in caseloads

127 cases in Central Florida; 82 in Orange County


The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other symptoms. New York has the most U.S. cases, at 2,187, followed by California (1,892), Florida (1,053), Georgia (824), and Texas (815).

Wyoming is the lone state in the country that has no monkeypox cases, according to the data.

The Florida Department of Health shows slightly more cases in the state, with 1,055 infections across 28 counties. South Florida has seen the most cases, with Miami-Dade County reporting 414 and Broward reporting 374.

There are 127 cases in Central Florida. Orange County has the most, with 82 reported cases this year.

The CDC has pointed to most cases occurring in men who have sex with men, but anyone can contract the virus. Cases have been identified in young children and teens in Florida, according to state data.

Federal health officials continue to scramble to distribute more doses of the Jynneos vaccine to combat the virus.

The federal government on Aug. 4 declared a public health emergency over monkeypox, and in July, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis shut down the idea of declaring a state of emergency, but other states such as New York, California, and Illinois had declared a state of emergency due to the rise in cases.

Here are the latest U.S. numbers from the CDC:

State Monkeypox cases:

New York 2,187 California 1,892 Florida 1,053 Georgia 824 Texas 815 Illinois 734 District of Columbia 319 New Jersey 293 Pennsylvania 282 Maryland 259 Washington 234 Massachusetts 202 Virginia 175 Arizona 163 North Carolina 131 Colorado 111 Louisiana 97 Oregon 95 Michigan 82 Ohio 78 Indiana 77 Tennessee 67 Utah 64 Minnesota 61 Nevada 59 Connecticut 57 South Carolina 49 Puerto Rico 43 Rhode Island 31 Wisconsin 31 Alabama 27 Missouri 19 New Mexico 16 New Hampshire 15 Arkansas 14 Nebraska 14 Iowa 13 Hawaii 12 Oklahoma 12 Kentucky 11 Mississippi 11 Idaho 9 Delaware 8 West Virginia 4 Kansas 3 Maine 3 Non-US Resident 3 Alaska 2 Montana 2 North Dakota 2 South Dakota 2 Vermont 1 Wyoming 0 Total 10,768

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