U.S. Monkeypox Cases Over 15,400 — More Than Any Other Country
This photo taken on August 5, 2022 shows a sign for a Monkeypox vaccine clinic in Washington, DC. - US President Joe Biden's government on August 4 declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that should free up new funds, assist in data gathering and allow the deployment of additional personnel in the fight against the disease. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. has the most monkeypox cases in the world with over 15,400 confirmed cases this week, accounting for nearly 36 percent of all cases worldwide.

Globally, there are over 42,900 reported cases and 12 reported deaths. The U.S. has no reported deaths so far. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top ten states with the most cases are the following (in order from greatest to least): New York, California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington state. The CDC also included Washington, D.C. in its case counts, which had slightly more cases than the state of Washington. Last month, New York declared a public health emergency over monkeypox.

Spain comes second to the U.S. in monkeypox cases. They have just over 6,100 cases — less than half of total U.S. cases.

The seven locations abroad that have historically experienced monkeypox outbreaks make up less than one percent of all cases presently. Altogether, they have less than 400 cases. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has 163 cases, Nigeria has 157, Ghana has 47, the Central African Republic has 8, Cameroon has 7, the Republic of the Congo has 3, and Liberia has 2. Three of these locations — Nigeria, Central African Republic, and Ghana — account for 7 of the 12 deaths. 

On Monday, the CDC announced that the monkeypox outbreak caused about 50 percent of gay and bisexual men surveyed to change their sexual behaviors. Multiple studies have indicated that the LGBTQ+ community harbors the vast majority of cases. The CDC warns on its website that monkeypox mostly affects men who have intercourse with men. 

“Many — though not all — of the reported monkeypox cases have been among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men,” stated the CDC. “Because of this, CDC has emphasized the need to identify and use specific channels to promote messages that directly reach gay and bisexual men (across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds).”

CDC data trends indicate that monkeypox cases have grown exponentially in the U.S. since the concluding weeks of Pride Month, which is June. The first U.S. case was reported in mid-May. 

As The Daily Wire reported last Friday, the White House Monkeypox Response Coordinator, Bob Fenton, said that the administration would distribute up to 50,000 monkeypox vaccines at “large LGBT events.” However, the Biden administration has shown reluctance to connect the monkeypox outbreak with the sexual activities of gay and bisexual men.

Fenton’s action came several weeks after President Joe Biden appointed him to the position. The Biden administration revealed late last month that they may apply around $7 billion to respond to the monkeypox outbreak. 

Monkeypox illness normally lasts 2-4 weeks. Symptoms include a pox rash that looks like pimples or blisters, fever, swollen lymph nodes, chills, muscle aches, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, nasal congestion, and a cough.

Although transmission normally occurs between humans, the CDC now warns that animals may contract monkeypox. The CDC updated its guidance in recent weeks after a gay couple from France may have transmitted monkeypox to their dog. The couple contracted monkeypox after engaging in sexual activity with multiple other partners. Two weeks after becoming symptomatic, the couple’s dog tested positive for monkeypox. 

To learn more about the monkeypox epidemic, read The Daily Wire’s in-depth report here.

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