As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread worldwide, cases across the U.S. are climbing.
Confirmed cases of monkeypox have reached more than 38,000 worldwide, according to Tuesday numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak, first spotted in Europe in late April, has reached 93 countries – the vast majority in nations that hadn't previously had significant caseloads of the rare, viral infection.
The World Health Organization said monkeypox was a global health emergency late last month. President Joe Biden's administration declared the U.S. outbreak a public health emergency August 4, with plans to stretch the nation's limited vaccine supply announced last week.
The U.S. had reported 12,689 confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases as of Tuesday, per the CDC. Highly-populated states are leading the numbers – with 2,620 confirmed cases in New York, followed by 1,945 confirmed cases in California.
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Vaccine rollout in US
In recent weeks, clinics across the country have said they haven’t received enough of the two-shot vaccine to meet demand. In order to stretch the nation's limited supply, U.S. health officials authorized a plan on Aug. 9 to give people one-fifth of the usual dose of the Jynneos vaccine, citing research that suggests the reduced amount is about as effective. This came days after the Biden administration announced a nationwide public health emergency.
Thanks to the new policy, officials said they would release the next 442,000 doses (equal to about 88,000 vials) for order by state, local and territorial health departments on Monday – doubling the 221,000 doses that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had originally anticipated.
The federal government had previously shipped more than 630,000 doses, but not all have been used yet. About 3.2 million shots are needed to vaccinate all those considered at highest risk of monkeypox, U.S. health officials have suggested.
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Monkeypox does not usually cause serious illness – however, it can result in hospitalization or death. The virus is spread through close, physical contact. The current outbreak is impacting some populations more than others, notably men who have sex with men, but health officials stress that the virus can infect anyone.
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Monkeypox cases by state
Here's where confirmed cases stand across U.S. states and territories, according to CDC numbers from Tuesday, August 16.
District of Columbia: 344
New Hampshire: 15
New Jersey: 335
New Mexico: 16
New York: 2,620
North Carolina: 180
North Dakota: 2
Puerto Rico: 54
Rhode Island: 33
South Carolina: 71
South Dakota: 2
West Virginia: 4
Wyoming: No confirmed cases reported by the CDC yet.
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Contributing: Karen Weintraub, Maureen Groppe, Michael Collins, USA TODAY. The Associated Press.
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