Is there a vaccine against monkeypox? What do you know about the state of Arizona?

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of monkeypox a public health emergency. The recommendation comes after an outbreak across the global community caused many to take the virus more seriously.

Includes Arizona. The United States has seen a steady increase in reported cases over the course of the summer, now reaching nearly 5,000 confirmed cases nationwide.

The surge in cases led to the Biden administration announcing that 780,000 additional doses of the vaccine would be available Friday. Those doses will add to the 300,000 doses distributed this month, bringing the total to 1.1 million.

Here’s what you need to know about the monkeypox virus, the vaccine, and how to stay safe.

What is monkeypox and how do you get it?

Monkeypox is not a new virus. It was discovered in 1958 in the monkey colony that was under investigation. Although it’s called monkeypox, the actual origins of the virus are actually unclear.

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