Where is monkeypox spreading? As Sacramento County sees outbreak, graph shows global trend

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Monkeypox cases are mounting across the world, including in Sacramento County, which recently declared a public health emergency over the surge in cases.

The county joins the states of California, Illinois and New York in elevating its response to the disease that wasfirst detected in the U.S. in the middle of May.

Sacramento County recorded 80 monkeypox cases as of Tuesday, after hitting the 50-case threshold in early August. The emergency declaration allows the county to better obtain federal aid and issue future emergency orders if the spread worsens.

California has the second-highest number of monkeypox cases in the U.S. at 1,892 cases, right after New York, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This map illustrates the number of monkeypox cases across the U.S., and California makes up approximately 18% of cases.

The U.S. also has the highest number of monkeypox in the world at 10,392 cases, according to the CDC. These cases contribute to about a third of cases worldwide, which currently sits at 31,800, according to a Tuesday evening update from the CDC.

Out of the 31,800 cases, nearly 99% of cases are in countries that have not historically reported the virus — which equates to 82 nations.

Countries with the highest number of monkeypox cases, in order, are the U.S., Spain, Germany, the U.K. and France, according to the CDC.

This interactive graph — which uses data from Our World in Data and slightly varies from the CDC’s numbers — illustrates monkeypox cases by country compared with overall monkeypox numbers across the world.

In Spain, 5,162 people have been infected with monkeypox — which represents the second-highest number worldwide. This makes up about 16% of cases across the globe.

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