Florida reports 1st monkeypox pediatric case

Florida reported its first case of monkeypox in a child younger than four years old, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Public health officials reported the case was in Martin County.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there are also pediatric cases in Washington, D.C, Indiana, Maine, and California.

There have been 11,890 confirmed cases nationwide since the outbreak began on May 17, including 1,085 in Florida, according to the CDC.

The viral disease usually begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses to a skin rash. Human-to-human transmission generally requires direct or indirect contact with an active rash.

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