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Florida monkeypox cases reach 27

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WEST PALM BEACH- More cases of monkeypox are showing up in South Florida.

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 15 confirmed cases in Broward County and 1 possible case in Palm Beach.

The illness is most commonly transmitted by infected people exhibiting a rash or lesions, usually on their hands and feet.

Speaking to WPTV, Wellington internist Dr. Larry Bush suggested people who think they are ill seek medical attention and then self-quarantine.

“The patient who has a rash obviously knows they have a rash, and they should get that checked out and avoid other people at least until the rash is gone,” Bush said.

48 additional cases have been confirmed in New York City.

A vaccine is available and antivirals have been shown to be an effective treatment according to the Centers for Disease Control.

So far, the illness has largely been among gay men.

Read more about monkeypox and how it is treated here.