MONKEYPOX cases in the U.S. continued to rise as 29 new infections were identified, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest update from the CDC on Tuesday brought the country’s total number of cases to 142 just a month after the first U.S. case was detected.
The United States confirmed its first case of monkeypox on May 17 in a traveler returning to Massachusetts from Canada.
Last month, the country reported 72 cases in 18 states, making it the largest monkeypox outbreak in the United States.
California was hardest hit with 21 confirmed cases, followed by New York with 17 and Illinois with 13.
Anyone can get the disease—especially if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or had sexual contact.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released new guidance on how to identify monkeypox during an outbreak.
Traditionally, people with monkeypox have fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and muscle aches.
These symptoms are followed by a rash that starts on the face or mouth and spreads to other parts of the body—especially the hands and feet.
However, in some recent cases, patients first developed a rash around the mouth or genitals or anus.
Instead of an extensive rash, some patients see scattered or localized lesions on areas other than the face, hands, or feet.
Sometimes, flu-like symptoms follow the rash, but others don’t have these symptoms at all.
Scientists have warned that U.S. patients are showing unusual symptoms not previously linked to the virus.
Some patients report pain in or around the anus and rectum, rectal bleeding, proctitis (painful inflammation of the lining of the rectum), or a feeling of needing to have a bowel movement even when the bowel is empty.