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Monkeypox Spread Is Slowing in the US. Now, the Focus Is on Prevention

  • New cases are declining nationally, health officials say
  • Efforts include getting people in for their second shot
A health worker handles a vial of the monkeypox vaccine.

A health worker handles a vial of the monkeypox vaccine.

Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

US monkeypox cases are declining nationally, driven by a growing vaccine supply and community-based outreach, marking a hopeful sign for an outbreak that’s afflicted more than 25,000 Americans.

Since the outbreak peaked in August, daily case rates have been dropping, data show, with just 66 new infections reported on Sept. 21. In cities where monkeypox cases exploded early on, such as New York City, cases have declined sharply, and in San Francisco case rates have also slowed down, health officials said at a briefing Wednesday.