CDC says monkeypox has officially reached all 50 U.S. states

Nearly 15,500 total cases confirmed in the country.
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A microscopic view of the monkeypox virus
A microscopic view of the monkeypox virus
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The monkeypox virus has been confirmed as present in all 50 U.S. states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday. 

The health agency listed Wyoming—the least-populated state in the country—as having one confirmed case of the virus, which usually manifests itself as mild cold or flu-like symptoms along with a rash. 

The CDC said 15,433 cases had been confirmed throughout the country as of Monday afternoon. 

Nearly all of the cases and transmission of the virus in the U.S> have been linked to gay men, usually those with many sexual partners, though health authorities have been quick to warn that the virus can spread to other demographics as well.