The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in US announced on Sunday, that the total number of monkeypox cases reached 5,189 in various states.
In a statement, the CDC added that the infected cases reached 1,345 cases in New York, followed by California, which recorded 799 cases, then Illinois with 419 cases, and Florida with 373 cases.
On Friday, the New York State Department of Health declared a “state of emergency” due to the increasing number of injuries, as it is the most affected state.
San Francisco also declared a state of health emergency after the rapid increase in the number of injuries to 261 cases as of last Friday.
It is worth mentioning that, Monkeypox disease is usually self-limited, meaning it typically resolves itself without treatment,” the WHO said, warning that severe cases may occur and that fatality ratio due to the disease has been around three to six percent.
Symptoms of the disease, which usually last from two to four weeks, include fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes. The disease can be transmitted to people from other infected persons or animals.
Monkeypox is less contagious than the notorious smallpox, which was declared eradicated worldwide in 1980, and causes less severe illness.
To prevent the infection, you should not touch sick or dead animals that are found in places where monkeypox spreads.
People infected with the virus should be isolated and animals carrying the virus should be quarantined.
You should wash your hands well with water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers and use masks and gloves when providing care to people infected with the virus.