Central Florida counties reporting over 300 cases of Monkeypox

Central Florida counties are reporting over 300 cases of Monkeypox.

According to the latest data available through the Florida Department of Health Reportable Diseases Frequency Report, the nine counties that comprise Central Florida reported 305 cases of monkeypox through September 13.

That represents a 40% increase in reported cases in the first two weeks of September. At the end of August, Central Florida had reported 216 cases.

Two months ago, only 13 cases had been reported in Central Florida.

The state of Florida is reporting 2,282 cases, an increase of nearly 300 cases since the end of August. Throughout the United States, over 22,600 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak this summer.

In June, the country had reported only 200 cases across the country.

According to the FDOH, since June 20, approximately 4,432 monkeypox vaccinations have been administered through the county’s appointment system, with over 900 of those occurring between September 6 and September 10.

Currently, the department is offering 230 appointment slots available each day through its central campus, which is located at 832 W Central Boulevard.

The monkeypox virus produces similar symptoms to small pox, including fever, headache, muscle pain, chills and fatigue.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the monkeypox virus are generally more mild than in small pox cases. For more information on the monkeypox disease, visit the CDC monkeypox website.

To schedule a vaccination appointment, visit the Florida Department of Health in Orange County website for more information.

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