Confirmed cases of monkeypox continue to rise in the US, including Michigan.
As of July 15, Michigan had 13 confirmed cases of monkeypox, according to CDC data. The CDC doesn’t track cases locally, so we’re not sure where each case has been confirmed, but we do know that there are confirmed cases in Oakland County, Detroit and Kent County, according to the Michigan Department of Health.
New York has nearly 500 confirmed cases, the most in the country, followed by California, Illinois, Florida, Washington DC and Georgia.
Monkeypox (MPV) is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopox virus gender in the family smallpox viruses. The Orthopox virus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
In the US, the demand for vaccines has increased, and plans to ship more supply to states this week.
“All of our work right now is to prevent this from happening,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
Monkeypox is endemic to parts of Africa where humans have been infected through bites from rodents or small animals. It usually does not spread easily among people.
But this year, more than 12,000 cases have been reported in countries that have not seen the disease historically. The infections occurred in men who had sex with men at gatherings in Europe, although health officials have emphasized that anyone can get the virus.
More than 1,800 cases had been reported in the US by Friday, with hundreds of cases added to the total every day. Nearly all are males, and the vast majority had same-sex encounters, according to the CDC.
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