The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
As of July 25, 2022 there are 5,189 confirmed cases of monkeypox is the United States. As of July 29, 2022, there are 22,485 confirmed cases of monkeypox globally across 79 countries.
Here are some resources to keep you informed about this outbreak:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- NJ Department of Health
Information for patients/general public:
Statistics and Data:
- U.S. Map and Case Count (CDC)
- 2022 Monkeypox Outbreak Global Map (CDC)
- Joint ECDC-WHO Regional Office for Europe Monkeypox Surveillance Bulletin
- Monkeypox tracker: A Global Health: a Data Science Initiative / HealthMap
- Monkeypox (Our World in Data)
Relevant MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for searching at PubMed.gov:
1.CDC. 2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published July 28, 2022. Accessed August 1, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html
2. CDC. About Monkeypox. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published July 22, 2022. Accessed August 1, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about.html