82 monkeypox cases in Philly, according to new weekly report

Six cases are confirmed through CDC testing
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A medical professional prepares a dose of the monkeypox vaccine. Photo credit Hollie Adams/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia health officials estimate there are 82 cases of monkeypox in the city. They say six have been confirmed by testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Public Health is planning to release updates on case counts and vaccines weekly, on Mondays.

This week’s report shows the city has received 2,600 doses of the monkeypox vaccine, so far, and 1,600 doses have been administered.

Another 700 doses have been given to health care providers, leaving about 300 doses available until the next delivery from the federal government.

The government has promised 6,000 more doses. They are supposed to arrive in three separate deliveries through August.

Because of the limited supply, the vaccine is currently being given only to adults who have been exposed or who are at high risk of exposure, such as gay and bisexual men, but who have not tested positive for monkeypox.