Monkeypox in the United States: where are the cases now?

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The monkeypox virus has spread to 20 US states and the nation’s capital.

So far, 113 infections have been reported, the majority in California, New York, Illinois and Florida.

The New Jersey Department of Health announced its first probable case on Monday, and Missouri officials identified a potential case in a Kansas City resident over the weekend.

Other places are reporting single-digit monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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There are now more than 35 countries – where monkeypox is not endemic – that have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with confirmed cases exceeding 2,500.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting this week to determine whether the outbreak should be considered a global health emergency.

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The United Nations (UN) health agency said people with monkeypox can be contagious for up to four weeks and advised those infected to self-isolate until they are fully recovered.

Although the majority of new cases of monkeypox have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts warn that anyone is potentially at risk.

People normally become infected with monkeypox virus by contact with broken skin or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans or by contact with materials contaminated with the virus.

The disease is commonly found in parts of central and western Africa.

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Monkeypox, which is related to smallpox, has milder symptoms.

Some of these symptoms include fever, chills, rash, and pain, before the lesions develop.

Reuters and The UK Time News contributed to this report.

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