Monkeypox (MPX) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Monkeypox (MPX)

Monkeypox is a disease caused by an Orthopoxvirus, the same genus as the virus that causes smallpox, however it is less severe. Monkeypox can be transmitted from animals to humans and is endemic in several Central and West African countries. Monkeypox does not occur naturally in the U.S. Although the natural source has not been identified, rodents are the most likely source.

Prior to May 2022, most human cases occurring outside of Africa were linked to imported animals, international travel to countries where monkeypox is endemic, and/or contact with a person with a confirmed monkeypox virus infection. Recent data, however, suggest that there is now ongoing community transmission in non-endemic countries, including the United States, through direct contact with individuals infected with monkeypox.

As of August 12, 2022, there have been 66 confirmed cases of Monkeypox reported in Minnesota.

Updated weekdays at 11 a.m. with data current as of 8 a.m. the previous business day.



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Updated Friday, 12-Aug-2022 10:52:47 CDT