Surge of monkeypox infection in Georgia: report

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The number of confirmed cases in the state of Georgia has reportedly more than tripled in a week.

FOX 5, citing a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Health, said there were more than 40 cases of the virus in the state.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Peach State has 48 confirmed cases. cases of monkeypox virus and orthopoxvirus.

While health officials have not released any new cases, previous infections have been confirmed in men in the Atlanta metro area.

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Vehicles drive on a highway in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Vehicles drive on a highway in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
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first case of monkeypox in Georgia was confirmed last month.

Nationwide, most cases have been reported in California, New York, and Illinois.

Nearly 930 cases have been reported across the country, and efforts are underway to secure vaccines, although not without hiccups.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 08: People wait in line to enter the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic on July 8, 2022 in New York City.  The Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic is one of only two sites currently providing the monkeypox vaccine in New York City.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 08: People wait in line to enter the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic on July 8, 2022 in New York City. The Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic is one of only two sites currently providing the monkeypox vaccine in New York City.
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While most cases have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts warn that anyone is at potential risk.

Usually people become infected with the monkeypox virus by contact with skin lesions or body fluids of infected animals or humans, or by contact with materials contaminated with the virus.

This 2003 electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows oval-shaped mature monkeypox virions (left) and spherical immature virions (right) obtained from a human skin sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.

This 2003 electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows oval-shaped mature monkeypox virions (left) and spherical immature virions (right) obtained from a human skin sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.
(Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

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Smallpox associated monkeypox has milder symptoms.

Some symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, rash, and pain before lesions develop.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.