As of Wednesday, there were 175 confirmed cases of monkeypox in New Jersey. The state now offers a tool to follow the statistics by county, including in Essex County.
With 61 instances, Hudson County had the most cases on Wednesday. With 35, Essex County came in second.
Both counties are near New York City, which as of Wednesday had 1,558 cases.
Here are the case numbers for counties in New Jersey, including Essex County.
Contrary to COVID, which spread rapidly and claimed the lives of 460 people in one day in April 2020, health experts noted that monkeypox seldom results in death.
A rash that frequently starts on the face and spreads to other areas of the body can also be brought on by the virus, along with flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, and other symptoms. Health experts want to control the infection and keep the symptoms at a minimum.
The state stated this week that it is extending the following vaccinations as eligible:
- Individuals who were present during a known monkeypox exposure incident
- Men and women who identify as homosexual, bisexual, or MSM (men who have sex with men) as well as transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary people who have had many or anonymous sex partners during the last 14 days.