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Monkeypox Cases Exceed 750 in Georgia

A patient with the monkeypox virus.
Symptoms of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand, from a 2003 case in the U.S. In most instances, the disease causes fever and painful, pus-filled blisters.

Reported monkeypox cases in Georgia increased by nearly 65% in the last week, with the CDC documenting 775 cases statewide.

That number represents a significant increase in cases across the state over the last week, when just over 500 cases had been reported to state public health officials. The Northeast Georgia Public Health District reported one known case in Athens as of last week.

The district, which serves Athens and surrounding areas, says monkeypox vaccines are “extremely limited” and only available at outreach events for high risk individuals. The District warns that anyone can get the virus, although many infected individuals are men who have sex with men.

With 10,394 known cases in the U.S. as of today, the CDC advises the public to be mindful of entering spaces where bodily contact with potentially infected individuals is likely.