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4 monkeypox cases detected in Pinellas County

It is the first time the viral disease has been detected in Tampa Bay during the current outbreak.
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 spread across the world and the first cases have now reached Pinellas County.
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 spread across the world and the first cases have now reached Pinellas County. [ CYNTHIA S. GOLDSMITH, RUSSELL REGNER | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | AP ]
Published Jul. 6|Updated Jul. 7

Four cases of monkeypox have been diagnosed in Pinellas County, according to the most recent state data available.

Monkeypox is generally a mild, viral disease similar to smallpox. But it can cause serious or even deadly health complications for people who are immunocompromised, pregnant women, newborns, women who are breastfeeding, young children, and people with severe skin diseases such as eczema.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fevers and chills, swollen lymph nodes, rash, and headaches. It can take up to 21 days after exposure for them to develop.

Related: Here’s the latest on the monkeypox outbreak

The Pinellas cases appeared in Florida Department of Health data as of Tuesday. No cases have been recorded in Hillsborough or Pasco counties. Two have been confirmed in Polk County.

Florida has seen 71 cases of the disease this year with 40 concentrated in Broward County and 14 in Miami Dade.

More than 7,200 cases have been confirmed across the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 600 have been found in the U.S.

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