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US monkeypox cases jump as testing increases

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Reported confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases across the U.S. have jumped once again. 

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 1,814 confirmed cases across the country.

Where monkeypox testing has increased, so have case counts. 

New York now shows a whopping 489 cases and California reports 266 cases. 

US MONKEYPOX CASES TOP 1K

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People wait to be vaccinated at a monkeypox vaccination site in New York, the United States, on July 14, 2022. The U.S. is increasing testing capacity and vaccine supply to address monkeypox outbreak as more than 1,000 confirmed cases have been reported nationwide. 
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While other states were previously below triple digits, Florida, Illinois and the District of Columbia all have cases in the triple digits. 

During a recent interview with ABC News, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Antony Fauci admitted cases were likely an “undercount.” 

“It is, in fact, spreading at a rate that we feel we must address with testing and with vaccinations,” he said.

Data from the agency shows cases worldwide now exceeding 12,000.

This comes ahead of a WHO emergency committee meeting later this month to examine trends, countermeasures and make recommendations to countries and communities regarding the virus outbreak

“I again stress that we must work to stop onward transmission and advise governments to implement contact tracing to help track and stem the virus as well as to assist people in isolation,” WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a briefing.

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World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination, during a European Union – African Union summit, in Brussels, Belgium February 18, 2022. 
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GEORGIA MONKEYPOX INFECTIONS SPIKE: REPORT

Efforts to provide vaccines in the U.S. have seen hiccups in recent weeks, although the government has ordered more doses to meet increasing demand. 

In San Francisco, California state Sen. Scott Wiener warned Thursday that the city is careening toward a public health crisis due to transmission of the virus. 

The city’s Department of Public Health said it would get an additional 4,163 doses of vaccine next week.

“This is less than we hoped for, but we’ll take it!” it tweeted on Friday.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky acknowledge current challenges at a press briefing last week and said more help is on the way.

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NEW YORK CITY, US – JULY 14: People wait in line for monkey pox vaccination after Monkey pox appointment website in New York City crashed on due to overwhelming traffic, local sources said on Thursday, July 14. Local authorities announced that the number of cases is increasing across the country, including in New York City.
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The Washington Post reported, citing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that nearly 800,000 more doses of monkeypox vaccine could be ready for distribution by the end of the month. 

Although most cases have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts caution that anyone is at potential risk. 

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

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

Some symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, rash and aches, before lesions develop. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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