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As the world continues to monitor Money Pox, more and more cases are popping up across the country. More than 20 cases have been reported in South Carolina according to data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. WCBD News 2’s Tim Renaud, reports that the state’s first known infections were reported back in July. The cases were in the Lowcountry area and the Midlands of South Carolina.

As of August 2nd, a new report states that the number of cases is now at 23, says News 2. Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina’s State Epidemiologist, will address the state’s response in a media call. South Carolina has been monitoring cases and is said to be vaccinating high-risk contacts with the FDA-approved vaccine, says News 2.

Monkey Pox is a rare but potentially serious illness that everyone should be made aware of. It is said to usually begin with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes. A rash then proceeds on the face and body of those infected. Infections can last between two and four weeks for the most part, according to officials. For more information on Monkey Pox in South Carolina, visit the SC DHEC website.

Source: WCBD