Governments and health organizations around the world have grown concerned about incidents of monkeypox that have recently shown up in countries where the virus is historically rare. The disease can spread from person to person through the transmission of bodily fluids and respiratory droplets, and also through animal-to-human transmission. Though much depends on the individual cases, about 10% of cases of monkeypox are fatal.
While there is no cause for concern yet, it’s understandable that the public is growing increasingly wary about monkeypox after two harsh years of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The last thing anyone wants is another virus to worry about.)
Global.Health, a nonprofit data science initiative made up of engineers and researchers who provide access to epidemiological data for public health communities, has begun assembling a spreadsheet that compiles all the publicly available data on recent monkeypox infections.
The comprehensive spreadsheet shows the number of confirmed and suspected cases, as well as the cities those cases appeared in and the symptoms the patients presented with. Every entry is linked to its original source, too.
What the Global.Health monkeypox tracker spreadsheet shows us is that, as of May 20, 2022, most of the confirmed cases appear to be in males between the ages of 20 to 40, and symptoms include rashes, ulcers, and skin lesions. Confirmed cases are highest in Portugal, Spain, and England. But as of the time of this writing, there is one confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States. That case involves a male patient in Boston.
You can check out the full Global.Health monkeypox tracker here.