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More Arkansas counties report monkeypox cases



Little Rock, Arkansas – With more counties added as infection rates climb, Monkeypox in Arkansas continues to spread.

The state now has 12 of the state’s 75 counties with a monkeypox infection, up from last week’s 10, the Arkansas Department of Health reported.

According to ADH, the state has 41 cases of the disease, a 34% increase from its 30 cases a week ago.

The first case of monkeypox in Arkansas was on July 3.

Lee and Garland counties are now included in the list of those with monkeypox cases, having one case in each. Pulaski County continues to have the greatest number of cases, now at 25, up from last week’s 17 cases per ADH figures. Faulkner and Washington counties continue to have three cases, with Desha County, added to the county list last week, now with two cases up from last week’s single case. The remaining counties, Benton, Pope, Saline, Lonoke, Cross, Crittenden have a single case.

Arkansas monkeypox infections are nearly entirely affecting males, with 0% female infections and a 2.44% infection rate where gender is listed as “unknown.” Breaking down cases by race, 56.1% of the infections are listed as Black, with 29.7% as White and 4.88% as Asian. Other, in the race category, is 9.76%.

Thirteen cases were reported in both the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups, four cases among patients 18–24 years old, and a single case in the 55-64 age group.

Vaccination is recommended if one of three conditions are met:

• People who have been identified by public health officials as in contact with someone who has monkeypox
• People who are aware that one of their sexual partners in the past two weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox
• People who had multiple sexual partners in the past two weeks in an area with known monkeypox

Vaccines are available in 14 Arkansas counties.