Cases of monkeypox continued to rise this past week in the state, with 72% of the infections in South Florida.
There are now more than 1,350 cases in the tri-county area as of Aug. 30.
There were 72 new cases of monkeypox in Broward, according to data from the Florida Department of Health, while Miami-Dade had 89 new cases.
Miami-Dade is the No. 1 county in the state with 703 cases of monkeypox.
In total, South Florida now has 1,387 confirmed cases.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state has 284 new cases for a total of 1,922 – a 17% increase from the week before. The rate of infection appears to be slowing down. Last week there was a 25% increase while the week before was at 40%.
There are 34 counties in Florida that have reported at least one case of monkeypox – up from 31 last week.
Here are a few of those counties, with last week’s total in parenthesis:
Broward – 580 (508)
Miami-Dade – 703 (614)
Orange County – 151 (119)
Palm Beach – 85 (78)
Pinellas – 85 (68)
Hillsborough – 124 (96)
Monroe – 19 (16)
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 18,417 (15,909) in the U.S., with California leading the way with 3,291 cases as of Aug. 30. Florida ranks third after California and New York.
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.