An infant less than two months old in Florida contracted monkeypox likely from a household exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a news release Monday.
Monkeypox cases in Florida have more than tripled since the beginning of August, as an upward trend in infections continues.
With most kids back in school, the Florida Department of Health has reported its first pediatric monkeypox case, which was in Martin County.
Health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus.
Monkeypox was first named in 1958 when research monkeys in Denmark were observed to have a “pox-like” disease.
Monkeypox cases are on the rise in the Phoenix area and a man who was recently diagnosed with the illness is detailing his experience.
The monkeypox outbreak continues to spread. According to the CDC, Florida has the third-highest cast count in the country with 577 infected. In Tampa Bay, numbers have quadrupled over the last two weeks.
Health officials are closely monitoring the monkeypox outbreak. Florida is among the states with the most cases as the Florida Department of Health works to get the vaccine to the people who need it most.
Declaring a global emergency means the monkeypox outbreak is an “extraordinary event” that could spill over into more countries and requires a coordinated global response.
An infant in D.C. tested positive for monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tampa Bay area health officials are monitoring the nationwide monkeypox outbreak and say they will offer a vaccine when doses become available to those in ‘high-risk groups.’
The Florida Department of Health gave an update on the nationwide Monkeypox outbreak and how it’s impacting Florida.
Monkeypox continues to spread across the country with cases in 45 states, including Florida. The problem is there isn't enough vaccine supply to handle the continued rise in infections, and people in Tampa Bay are frustrated they cannot find the shot.
The update comes amid soaring demand for the shots in New York City, California and other parts of the U.S.