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With Two New Monkeypox Cases, Wyoming No Longer Has Fewest In Country

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming no longer has the fewest monkeypox cases in the nation, as the Wyoming Department of Health detected two more cases Tuesday.   

The state now has four cases total, Kim Deti, Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman, told Cowboy State Daily in a text Tuesday. Like the first two cases, the newest two are both adult males, but their infections are not connected. One is from Natrona County and the other is from Campbell County, Deti said.

On Friday, Wyoming was tied with South Dakota for fewest cases at two, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   

Wyoming health care providers have administered more than 160 first doses of monkeypox vaccine and more than 75 second doses, Deti said.   

Residents or workers in Wyoming who are eligible for pre-exposure vaccination include:  

  • Men who have sex with men and who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last year. 
  • Partners of such men. 
  • Transgender and nonbinary people who are biologically male, who have sex with multiple or anonymous sexual partners. 
  • Sex workers of any sex. 

A Laramie County resident was the first confirmed Wyoming case of monkeypox announced Aug. 22, followed a week later with the second case, a Teton County man.

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The National Breakdown 

Vermont also has very few cases, reporting three as of Friday.   

California leads the nation in monkeypox cases at 4,886, closely followed by New York at 3,842 and Florida at 2,444.   

The states’ reported cases as of Friday are as follows:  

  • South Dakota, 2 
  • Vermont, 3 
  • Wyoming, 2 (but 4 now)  
  • Alaska, 5 
  • Montana, 5 
  • North Dakota, 6 
  • Maine, 9  
  • Kansas, 9 
  • West Virginia, 11  
  • Idaho, 12 
  • Iowa, 25  
  • Hawaii, 27 
  • Nebraska, 28 
  • New Hampshire, 29  
  • Oklahoma, 36 
  • Delaware, 36 
  • New Mexico, 40 
  • Kentucky, 51 
  • Arkansas, 56 
  • Wisconsin, 69 
  • Rhode Island, 73 
  • Mississippi, 73 
  • Missouri, 84 
  • Alabama, 112 
  • Connecticut, 124 
  • Utah, 149 
  • South Carolina, 156  
  • Puerto Rico, 170 
  • Minnesota, 182 
  • Oregon, 205 
  • Nevada, 218 
  • Indiana, 223 
  • Louisiana, 243 
  • Michigan, 257 
  • Ohio, 263 
  • Colorado, 263 
  • Tennessee, 273 
  • Massachusetts, 381  
  • Arizona, 446 
  • Virginia, 452 
  • District of Columbia, 494  
  • North Carolina, 512  
  • Washington, 583 
  • Maryland, 636 
  • New Jersey, 683 
  • Pennsylvania, 724  
  • Illinois, 1,270 
  • Georgia, 1,736 
  • Texas, 2,225 
  • Florida, 2,444 
  • New York, 3,842 
  • California, 4,886  

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Second Monkeypox Case in Wyoming, Health Dept Says Condoms Might Not Be Enough

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

As the state health department announces Wyoming’s second monkeypox case, it also is warning that condoms may not be enough to stop the spread.  

The Wyoming Department of Health announced Monday that a man in Teton County has monkeypox, which is the state’s second case.  This comes one week after the state’s first case was announced August 22.  Wyoming was the last state in the nation with no known cases of monkeypox.

“We want people to realize monkeypox spreads through, intimate contact and does not spread easily like familiar viruses such as influenza or COVID-19,” said state health officer and epidemiologist Dr. Alexia Harrist in the department’s prepared statement.  

It’s important to discuss monkeypox with “intimate partners,” the statement continues, to be aware of “any new or unexplained rash or lesions.”  

Monkeypox typically involves rash, fever chills, headache, muscle aches and fatigue, and is “rarely fatal but is unpleasant and painful and can cause serious illness in some people,” according to the statement.  

Anyone who has recently had monkeypox or who has it currently, or who has a new or unexplained rash “should not have sex and should see a healthcare provider,” it reads.  

The department also cautioned people to limit one-time sexual encounters, or having multiple or anonymous sex partners.  

“Condoms may provide some protection against monkeypox, but may not prevent all exposures because the rash can occur in other areas of the body,” the statement reads.  

Some people who live or work in Wyoming are eligible for monkeypox vaccination, according to the department. Those include:  

Men who have sex with men and who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last year; 

Partners of men who fit the above description; 

Transgender and nonbinary persons “assigned male” at birth who have sex with multiple or anonymous sexual partners who are male ”or male assigned at birth” within the past year;  

Sex workers of any sex; 

Those who may be eligible can reach the department at 307-777-6004 or at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/nursing/phn-co-offices/ 

The federal government is providing the vaccines through the state at no cost, the department noted, adding that “a small administration fee may be charged.”  

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