The number of monkeypox cases in Miami-Dade County just a few short days ago was barely above 100 and second in the state.
Now we see the tally in Miami-Dade County stands at 348, tops in the state surpassing Broward County with 324.
Statewide, Florida is now reporting 888 total monkeypox cases in 25 counties.
Following Miami-Dade and Broward counties are Orange (47), Palm Beach (39) and 33 each in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
The Florida Department of Health says if health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediately contact your local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low.
Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:
- Monkeypox symptoms, especially among individuals with relevant travel history.
- Transmission and incubation
- Specimen collection.
- Infection control procedures in the home and hospital
- Clinical recognition, and the characteristic rash associated with monkeypox.
- Prophylaxis and possible treatments for monkeypox.
- Monitoring of those exposed to monkeypox.
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