PITTSBURGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report encouraging those at risk for the virus mpox — formerly called monkeypox — and in areas with low vaccination rates to get vaccinated.

The study is based on statistical modeling that takes into account total U.S. mpox cases since May 2022 and varying levels of vaccine protection across the country. It found that the risk of a future outbreak depends on the level of community protection. More than 592,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) live in areas with risk of future mpox outbreaks and sustained infection, according to the CDC report, released Thursday.

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