Health & Science

Houston monkeypox cases rise to nearly 200, officials say

Houston Health Department expects Houston will see similar trends to areas like New York City.

Harris County is reporting a total of 223 cases, with 195 of them in Houston. That's an increase of nearly 100 more cases than previously reported last week.

Doctor David Pierce with the Houston Health department says, we can expect to see similar trends to the ones we’re seeing in more densely populated communities, like New York, here in Houston.

“This logarithmic growth that we see with epidemics… we’re behind. We’re not seeing here locally what is being seen in other communities. But we need to fully anticipate that that’s going to happen," he said in a media briefing on Wednesday.

Vaccines remain only accessible to people who have been in contact with monkeypox, or for those who are at high risk.

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