2022 Outbreak Cases & Data

Updated August 31, 2022, 5 pm

  • Global Cases | Total Cases - 49,974
  • U.S. Cases | Total Cases - 18,417
  • Texas | Total Cases - 1,664
  • Chambers County | Total Cases - 1

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus which includes the variola (smallpox) virus as well as the vaccinia virus, which is used in the smallpox vaccine. Monkeypox is of public health concern because the illness is similar to smallpox and can be spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. Monkeypox is less transmissible and usually less severe than smallpox.   

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 and occurs primarily in Central and West African countries. Historically monkeypox cases have occurred in the U.S. rarely and mostly related to international travel or the importation of animals. There is a recent significant increase in reported cases where monkeypox is not commonly seen, including in Europe, Canada, the United States, and California. While it's good to stay alert about any emerging public health outbreaks, the current risk of getting monkeypox in the general public is very low.   

The Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. 

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, genitals, or anus. (The rash goes through different stages before healing completely.  The illness typically last 2 to 4 weeks.)

Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.  Others only experience a rash. 

If You Have a New or Unexplained Rash or Symptoms...

  • Avoid close contact, including sex or being intimate with anyone, until you have been checked out by a healthcare provider
  • If you don't have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you.
  • When you see a healthcare provider, wear a mask, and remind them that this virus is circulating in the area.

What It Looks Like

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CDC Monkeypox Case Map

The CDC has produced a monkeypox case map that includes all confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country. This map is updated daily. Residents can view the map by clicking on the CDC website and download case counts information at the bottom of the page.

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