Cases of monkeypox in South Florida continued to rise this past week, with infections now topping 1,000.
Last week, Miami-Dade overtook Broward for the No. 1 county in the state with monkeypox cases. Broward now has 446 as of Aug. 15, according to data from the Florida Department of Health, while Miami-Dade has 513; a 40% increase from last week.
In total, South Florida now has 1,034 confirmed cases.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state has 1,317 confirmed cases, a sharp rise from 938 cases last week – also a 40% percent increase.
There are 29 counties in Florida that have reported at least one case of monkeypox. Here are a few of those counties, with last week’s number in parenthesis:
- Broward has 446 (330) cases
- Miami-Dade has 513 (367)
- Orange County has 82 (54)
- Palm Beach has 61 (43)
- Pinellas has 51 (36)
- Hillsborough has 57 (37)
- Monroe has 14 (13)
According to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, New York leads the country with the most infections at 2,376 cases. Florida ranks third after New York and California. In total, there are 11,890 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Aug. 15.
The outbreak is mostly affecting the LGBT community, as cases are disproportionately impacting gay, bisexual and other men who have sex men. The major symptom of an infection is a painful or itchy rash that can initially look like pimples or blisters.
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If you suspect you have been infected with monkeypox, contact your doctor immediately or call the Florida Department of Health at 954-467-4700 or 850-245-4444.