January 2023

MPOX (Monkeypox) Updates

Mpox infections continue to tick downward and now number fewer than 5 cases a day, down from an August peak of more than 400.

Cases have been recorded in every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In total, the U.S. has reported more than 29,000 cases since May. The total worldwide exceeds 80,000.

The virus is transmitted primarily through close physical contact. Recent cases are mostly among men who have sex with men.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency in July. In the last three weeks, California, Illinois and New York state have issued emergency declarations over the continued spread of mpox.

Source: NBC News

December 2022

MPOX (Monkeypox) Updates

CDC is updating webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology.

This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov

November 2022

U.S. Monkeypox Updates

The current monkeypox (MPX) situation continues to evolve.

The risk of MPX to the general public is currently very low based on the information available. While MPX can infect anyone, most of the cases associated with the 2022 outbreak have occurred among persons self-identifying as men who have sex with men (MSM).

Source: California Dept. of Public Health