Is there a vaccine for monkeypox? What to know about Arizona cases

Under a magnification of 500X, this image depicts a section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus. The specimen was obtained on day-2 of the rash development.

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. The recommendation comes after outbreaks across the global community have caused many to take the virus more seriously. 

That includes Arizona. The United States has seen a steady increase in reported cases over the course of the summer now almost reaching 5,000 confirmed cases nationally.

The rise in cases has led the Biden administration to announce that an additional 780,000 doses of the vaccine will be available Friday. Those doses will add to the 300,000 doses distributed this month, bringing the total to 1.1 million. 

Here is what you need to know about the monkeypox virus, vaccine and how to stay safe.

What is monkeypox and how do you get it?

Monkeypox is not a new virus. It was discovered in 1958 in a colony of monkeys that were being researched on. Though it’s named “monkeypox” the actual origins of the virus are actually not clear.

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