Ten cases of monkeypox reported in North Carolina in 4 days

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 3:07 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The state Department of Health and Human Services says there are 34 cases of monkeypox in North Carolina.

The agency provided the update Monday, July 25th at 12:48 p.m. That number is up from 24 total cases four days ago, on July 21st.

The first case in our state was found on June 23rd, according to the NCDHHS. Nearly all monkeypox cases in North Carolina have been in men who have sex with men.

On July 7th, the agency sent monkeypox vaccines to Pitt County as well as six other counties in the state.

The NCDHHS says the disease is typically found in West and Central Africa and is caused by an orthopoxvirus.

The agency announced Monday evening that it has expanded the list of higher-risk people eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine. Vaccinations are now available for:

  • Anyone who had close contact in the past two weeks with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox
  • Gay or bisexual men or transgender individuals who report any of the following in the last 90 days:
    • Having multiple sex partners or anonymous sex
    • Being diagnosed with an STI
    • Receiving medications to prevent HIV infection (PrEP)

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