Cases of monkeypox continued to rise this past week in the state, with 75% of the infections coming from South Florida.
There are now more than 1,200 cases in the tri-county area as of Aug. 22.
There were 62 new cases of monkeypox in Broward, according to data from the Florida Department of Health, while Miami-Dade had 101 new cases.
Miami-Dade is the No. 1 county in the state with 614 cases of monkeypox.
In total, South Florida now has 1,216 confirmed cases.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state has 321 new cases for a total 1,638 – a 25% increase from the week before. That is a smaller rise from last week which saw a 40% increase over the previous.
There are 31 counties in Florida that have reported at least one case of monkeypox up from 29 last week.
Here are a few of those counties, with last week’s number in parenthesis:
- Broward has 508 (446)
- Miami-Dade has 614 (513)
- Orange County has 119 (82)
- Palm Beach has 78 (61)
- Pinellas has 68 (51)
- Hillsborough has 96 (57)
- Monroe has 16 (14)
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 15,909 in the U.S., with New York leading the way with 3,019 cases as of Aug. 23. Florida ranks third after New York and California.
The outbreak is mostly affecting the LGBT community, as cases are disproportionately impacting gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with 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.