The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the monkeypox virus outbreak spreading across the United States.
On Thursday, August 4, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The announcement was made during a briefing with the Department of Health and Human Services.
The virus is spread primarily through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox, according to the CDC.
The emergency declaration follows the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) in July that monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern.
The chart below, using CDC data, shows monkeypox cases by state. The highest case numbers are in New York and California.
According to data available as of August 3, North Carolina has 72 confirmed cases.
The data in the chart below is interactive (click or hover over a state to see the data) and will update automatically.
The CDC has information to help you prevent monkeypox and reduce your risk during sex. Vaccination is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox.
Symptoms of Monkey Pox
Symptoms of monkeypox, according to the CDC, include:
- Muscle pain and back pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Respiratory symptoms (for example, sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
- A rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus, but may also be found on other areas such as the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.
- The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before it heals.
- The rash may look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
People may experience only a few of the symptoms above, and symptoms usually begin within 3 weeks of exposure. A rash usually develops 1 to 4 days after flu-like symptoms.
Spread: Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms begin until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a new layer of skin has formed, according to the CDC.
Monkeypox disease usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks.
This story was originally published August 2, 2022 2:47 p.m.