Alabama up to 30 monkeypox cases as US total tops 11,000
The number of monkeypox cases in Alabama continued to climb last week, reaching 30 on Sunday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of cases nationwide has reached 11,177, according to the same map.
Alabama health officials announced the state’s first two cases nearly a month ago, on July 16, in Mobile and Birmingham.
More recent updates did not include information on where cases had been detected in Alabama.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the state was to receive 4,871 doses of the Jynneos vaccine to be given to those most at risk of contracting the virus.
People exposed to monkeypox can benefit from the vaccine if they receive the first dose within 14 days of exposure.
Anyone can get monkeypox, but men who have sex with men have been most at risk during the current outbreak.
Past epidemics have been spread by rodents. The virus spreads more easily with prolonged skin-to-skin contact and direct exposure to lesions.
Although the number of cases across the United States has increased, states have not been equally affected by the virus.
In the South, Georgia and Florida lead the way with the most cases, 851 and 1,085 respectively. Texas also has more than 800 cases.
Nationally, New York and California have the highest number of cases at 2,295 and 1,945. Only Wyoming has reported no cases.
People with monkeypox may experience fever and chills.
The virus can also cause a blistering rash around the genitals, hands and mouth, according to the CDC. The virus replicates most at the site of these sores.
Most people have symptoms for two to four weeks, and the disease may spread until the rash is completely healed.
Vaccines used against monkeypox were developed to fight smallpox but are effective against both viruses.