(Stacker) — On August 4, 2022, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Since then, every state and Washington, D.C. has recorded cases of the virus, with the first death from monkeypox confirmed on August 30 in Texas. Though monkeypox is not a new disease—it was discovered in animals in 1958 and in humans in 1970—the sudden influx of active cases presents a risk to some.
The primary hallmark of the monkeypox virus is the rash, or “pox,” that infected individuals develop. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. Monkeypox is spread via close skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual or by contact with infected body fluids on surfaces; the CDC believes the virus can live on surfaces for up to fifteen days. The CDC recommends getting the monkeypox vaccine when you are eligible and communicating openly with close contacts and medical professionals if you or those you are close with develop symptoms of monkeypox.
Earlier this week, a West Virginia University student tested positive for monkeypox.
Stacker is collecting data from the CDC to examine monkeypox case trends in West Virginia. Keep reading below to see how many cases are in your state and how your state compares to the rest of the nation.
West Virginia monkeypox weekly update
West Virginia statistics
– Cumulative cases since July 2022: 8
— Cumulative cases per million people: 4.5
– New cases during the last 7 days: 3
— New cases per million people: 1.7
– Cumulative cases since July 2022: 21,123
— Cumulative cases per million people: 63.0
– New cases during the last 7 days: 1,848
— New cases per million people: 5.5
States with the most cumulative cases since July 2022
#1. District Of Columbia: 436 cases (650.7 cases per million people)
#2. New York: 3,526 cases (177.8 cases per million people)
#3. Georgia: 1,512 cases (140.0 cases per million people)
#4. California: 3,833 cases (97.7 cases per million people)
#5. Florida: 2,126 cases (97.6 cases per million people)
States with the fewest cumulative cases since July 2022
#1. South Dakota: 2 cases (2.2 cases per million people)
#2. Kansas: 7 cases (2.4 cases per million people)
#3. Wyoming: 2 cases (3.5 cases per million people)
#4. Alaska: 3 cases (4.1 cases per million people)
#5. West Virginia: 8 cases (4.5 cases per million people)
The Monongalia County Health Department is offering monkeypox vaccines for those who are eligible and interested.