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Monkeypox cases slow in Georgia

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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox virus particles (blue) cultivated and purified from cell culture. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland

The Georgia Department of Public Health says monkeypox cases are slowing and epidemiologists are “cautiously optimistic.”

The majority of the state's monkeypox cases are occurring in Metro Atlanta among Black men who have sex with men, with 60% of infected people also being HIV positive.

Dr. Cherie Drenzek with the Georgia Department of Public Health says of the nearly 1,600 cases so far, just three have been children.

"These children actually were close household contacts of known monkeypox cases," Drenzek said.

Drenzek says about 5% of patients with monkeypox had to be hospitalized.

Ellen Eldridge is a digital producer for GPB. She has previously worked as a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The topics she most often writes about as a freelance reporter are mental health issues, crime and public safety. Ellen graduated Kennesaw State University magna cum laude in 2015 with a degree in communication focused on journalism.
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