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Massachusetts confirms the first case of monkeypox in the United States this year


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Massachusetts health officials on Wednesday confirmed the first case of monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious virus, in the United States since the start of the year.

Monkeypox causes symptoms similar to smallpox, including fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, chills, and skin lesions.

At least seven cases of the virus have been reported this month in the UK, health authorities said.

An electron microscope image shows oval-shaped mature monkeypox virus particles as well as crescents and spherical particles of immature virions, obtained from a clinical sample of human skin in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022 .
(Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery/CDC/Handout via REUTERS)

The person who contracted monkeypox in Massachusetts recently traveled to Canada and officials said they were conducting contact tracing.

“This contact tracing approach is the most appropriate given the nature and transmission of the virus,” Massachusetts health officials said. “The case poses no risk to the public, and the individual is hospitalized and in good condition. »

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Monkeypox is most common in Central and West African countries, but cases have occurred outside of Africa linked to international travel.

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The last American to have monkeypox was a resident of Maryland who contracted the virus shortly after returning from Nigeria last November.

Texas health officials also confirmed a case last July in a man who had recently traveled from Nigeria.

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Monkeypox is most easily transmitted through bites and scratches from rodents and African monkeys that carry the virus, but it can also be spread between people through contact with contaminated wounds and other bodily fluids.

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