In the United States there are 14,115 cases of monkey pox, in Tennessee there have been 192 cases recorded since Sept. 2, 2022. Most cases in Tennessee happen to be in Nashville with 53 cases. The city with the most cases in east Tennessee would be Knoxville with less than five cases. The first monkey pox case was confirmed on May 6 and has been a major outbreak since.
“Monkey pox” is a virus that can be transmitted through any type of physical contact. It is a rash that looks like pimples that can appear all over the body. The illness lasts around 2-4 weeks and could leave scarring. There is not yet any specific treatment or cure for the infection.