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Concerns grow as monkeypox cases mount in Florida

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

WEST PALM BEACH, FL- Cases of the monkeypox disease have ticked up in Florida with more than 154 confirmed cases as of Monday.

6 cases are reported in Palm Beach County, however neighboring Broward leads the state with 103.

The disease first appeared here May and seems to be most common in gay and bisexual men.

Monkeypox spreads through close contact with an infected person leads to a skin rash resembling pimples or blisters.

Infected persons describe the rash as being quite painful.

Other symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion.

Vaccines and pills can treat or prevent symptoms but there is no cure for the disease.

So far, over 1800 cases have been reported nationwide.

Read more about the symptoms and how to prevent infection here.