GEORGIA, US – Monkeypox cases in Georgia continue to rise as the number of reported cases went up from 544 to 596 in a week.
Monkeypox is a virus that is related to the smallpox virus, but not chicken pox. According to the CDC, scientists first discovered the disease in 1958 in lab monkeys. And in 1970, there was the first human case.
Before the monkeypox outbreak of 2022, Central and Western Africa were the only regions with ties to the disease. Any case that was reported outside of these regions, were in people who had travelled there.
What Is MonkeyPox
Firstly, monkeypox is a disease that comes as a result of an infection with the monkeypox virus. There are two types of monkey pox viruses: the Western African and Congo Basin. Although the disease has been mostly recorded and associated with central and west Africa, no one knows where it came from.
How Does A Person Contract Monkeypox
According to the CDC, monkeypox can spread from person to person through direct contact with infected rashes, bodily fluids, or scabs. This outbreak has been in people who have had close personal sexual and non-sexual contact with infected individuals.
How Many Monkeypox Cases Are There In The US
How Can I Protect Myself
Avoid close, skin to skin contact with an infected person. Additionally, wash your hands with soap and water before eating or touching your face, or use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
On July 23rd, The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. This means that nations will work together to coordinate their response to the outbreak.
This is a developing story.