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Georgia has Fifth Highest Number of Monkeypox Cases in Country

Pox virus, illustration. Pox viruses are oval shaped and have double-strand DNA. There are many types of Pox virus including Chickenpox, Monkeypox and Smallpox. Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970's. Infection occurs because of contact with contaminated animals or people and results in a rash or small bumps on the skin.
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Georgia has the fifth highest number of monkeypox cases in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control, with 330 confirmed cases. 

The Georgia Health Department has received 6,000 doses of the vaccine as of July 26th- enough for 3,000 people, as it is administered two-doses. A total of 13,876 doses have been allocated for the state by the federal government, with several thousand more doses expected to arrive during the coming days.

The vaccine is recommended for people who suspect they have been exposed to the virus or have been in close contact with someone with the virus. The vaccine can help prevent illness or reduce severity of illness in those who have contracted it.