Monkeypox in Florida is slowing down. In the past week there have been 226 new cases of the infection for a total of 2,148 – an 11% increase for the week.
Miami-Dade is still the No. 1 county in the state with 760 cases.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the rate of infection has slowed considerably over the past month from 40% to 25% to 17% to now 11%.
Here are the totals for some of the counties around the state, with last week’s total in parenthesis:
Broward –619 (580)
Miami-Dade – 760 (703)
Orange County – 177 (151)
Palm Beach – 92 (85)
Pinellas – 104 (85)
Hillsborough – 153 (124)
Monroe – 20 (19)
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 20,733 (18,417) in the U.S., with California leading the way with 3,833 (3,291) cases as of Sept. 6. 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.
The county is now offering walk-ins for those interested in the vaccine. Check here for more information on locations and availability.
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.