Monkeypox cases in Austin rise as COVID-19 numbers dip slightly

Monkeypox cases continue to rise in the Austin area, even as local COVID-19 cases have seen a slight decline, according to health care officials.

There are now nine confirmed cases and 46 suspected cases of monkeypox in the Austin area. A confirmed case is one that has been verified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while a suspected case is a person who has tested positive but has not been confirmed by the CDC.

Confirmed cases have remained the same for the third week, pending confirmation from the CDC, but presumptive cases have increased from nine to 46 in recent weeks.

Austin Public Health officials say they expect those numbers to rise. The agency has 60 tests it is awaiting results from and 256 people it is monitoring because they have been exposed. Of the tests he submitted, 80% came back positive, said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority.

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