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Two-timing: Monkeypox cases double in Alaska

Social distancing is so last year. A second case of monkeypox — a disease that generally requires intimate contact — has been identified in Alaska. The first was announced last week in an Anchorage man.

Monkeypox, at this point, is being passed along in the community of men having intimate relations with various male sex partners. The most recent cases is in a man who started experiencing symptoms in the past week. Alaska Section of Epidemiology has not identified an epidemiological link between the two cases, according to the State of Alaska.

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The federal government on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Aside from the two cases in Anchorage men, no other Alaska cases are known at this time, according to the Alaska Department of Health. Neither of the men required hospitalization.

The State of Alaska has vaccines for people who have had known exposure to someone who tests positive for monkeypox. Some who are high risk of exposure — those who have multiple sexual encounters with men who have sex with men — may also be prioritized for the vaccine. There are only about 330 doses of the vaccine in the state.

Anchorage residents who fit in one of these categories can contact the Anchorage Health Department to request vaccination. In other communities, people can check with their local public health clinics or departments.

On May 18, when the outbreak had its first known case in the United States, there were only a handful of cases in the country, but as of Thursday, the number has reached over 7,500, although many of those cases have resolved by now.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. I can see it now from the ADN…..

    Monkeypox cases in Alaska double overnight!!!!!

    With the actual number being buried at the end of the sensationalistic story, of course…


  2. Two Cases.
    Got it.
    Look, the Covid Vaccine kills all immunity.
    Including the Smallpox, Polio and all else we have.
    Do you got that?
    That is exactly why these once dead and gone afflictions are recurring

  3. Not to worry: The same people at the WHO and CDC that did Covid have switched over to monkeypox. There is absolutely nothing to to be concerned about. Just don’t breathe or eat.

  4. How about just avoiding man to man sex and people with the pox be responsible enough to exercise some self control?

    • it’s not an STD because it can be spread in other ways, unlike HIV or Syphilis etc. it is just hard to spread in other ways and needs close contact, like what you have during sex. Sex seems to be a really effective way of transmitting it.

      • Richard, the same could be said of syphilis and gonorrhea, you know. Yet those diseases are almost never NOT considered primarily if not exclusively sexually transmitted diseases.

      • Body fluids is transmission. That mean oral sex, sodomy. So being transmitted open lesion skin to skin is a means that HIV/AIDS is transmitted, and that is a STD.

  5. Donkeypox is real– be careful out there all you assembly swingers and leg-wrestling legislators. 😘😘

    • The disease have been around for decades, and so has the vaccine. Same reason why there is a polio vaccine, a measles vaccine, a mumps vaccine, etc…
      Do you think this is a new disease?

  6. Mostly unrelated.
    Recent news indicates pResident Biden is looking to extend the COVID state of emergency to mid/end of November. I guess a disease that infects such an insignificant portion of the population is not enough to warrant mail in cheating and ballot harvesting boxes.

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