Georgia has 3 children with monkeypox
The inevitable has happened in Georgia as three children in the state have now been diagnosed with monkeypox, including one child who lives in metro Atlanta.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Newton County School System announced last week that one of their elementary-school-aged children, a student at Mansfield Elementary School, has been diagnosed with monkeypox. According to school officials, another child within the same school district who attends Flint Hill Elementary is undergoing testing for the infectious disease.
In addition to the Newton case, DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said one earlier pediatric case of monkeypox had been reported in metro Atlanta, but she would not specify in which county the case was located. A third confirmed pediatric case also exists in the state, but Nydam wouldn’t say where in Georgia it was located.
According to the DPH, the number of monkeypox cases in Georgia rose to 1,240 as of Wednesday afternoon, including three pediatric cases and 19 cases among women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that there are 17 children ages 15 and under who have been diagnosed with monkeypox around the U.S.