Two months after Florida saw its first monkeypox case, cases have been rising at an alarming level in the state and nationwide.

Since then, cases have risen to 310 cases, up from the 180 cases in the state last week. 

The last two weeks have seen an almost 60% increase in cases across the state, with almost half of all of them in Broward County.

As of July 25, Broward had 151 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. Miami-Dade had 82 cases; Pinellas and Palm Beach each had 15; Orange County had 19; Monroe had nine; Hillsborough had five; Polk had three; and eight other counties in north, central, and west Florida each had one or two.

Health experts are concerned since monkeypox is rarely reported outside of the African continent. It’s particularly concerning for the local and international LGBT community, as cases are disproportionately impacting gay and bisexual men.

A study by the New England Journal of Medicine published last week further found that cases are appearing “almost exclusively among men who have sex with men.”

The fatality rate for monkeypox is about 10% and the risk of exposure is low, since an infected person needs to be in close, prolonged face-to-face contact to get it. 

Also on July 25, several sources revealed that the White House was working to name a monkeypox coordinator and considering declaring a public health emergency, the Washington Post reported.


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.

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