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More than 100 Georgians are positive for monkeypox, CDC says

ATLANTA — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting 110 confirmed monkeypox cases in Georgia.

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This comes as the federal Food and Drug Administration announced it’s cleared the way for transport of nearly 1 million doses of monkeypox vaccine from Europe to the United States.

On Friday, Channel 2 Action News reported 69 new cases, which rose from 49 in only a day.

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Here are the symptoms for monkeypox, according to the CDC:

  • A feature that distinguishes infection with monkeypox from that of smallpox is the development of swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Swelling of the lymph nodes may be generalized (involving many different locations on the body) or localized to several areas (e.g., neck and armpit).
  • Shortly after the prodrome, a rash appears. Lesions typically begin to develop simultaneously and evolve together on any given part of the body. The evolution of lesions progresses through four stages—macular, papular, vesicular, to pustular—before scabbing over and resolving.

The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks, officials say.

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