All 50 states have been infected with the monkeypox virus.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wyoming reported the nation’s last case of the virus on Monday.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported in a news release that the solitary virus case was found in a male resident of Laramie County, and that state public health representatives have followed up with the infected individual to determine if any other residents had direct contact with him.
According to Alexia Harrist, the state health officer and state epidemiologist, “because monkeypox spreads through close, intimate contact we do not believe the risk for the virus is now a higher concern for the local community or for most people in Wyoming.” Contrary to more common viruses like influenza or COVID-19, monkeypox is not easily transmitted.
In addition, Harrist mentioned vaccination as the best way to “prevent further spread” of the virus.
Although anyone can contract monkeypox, “currently eligibility for the vaccine is limited to those who are at highest risk in connection with this outbreak and how it’s spreading,” she said. Making optimal use of current vaccine stocks is a primary objective.
According to CDC data, there have been 15,433 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States as of Monday, with New York having the highest number of confirmed cases (nearly 3,000) followed by California, Florida, Texas, and Georgia.
The United States has declared a public health emergency due to the spread of monkeypox, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
After being criticized for their slow response to the outbreak, the Biden administration has decided to speed up production of the monkeypox vaccine by making an additional 1.8 million doses available as of this week.
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