First Case of Monkeypox Virus Detected in United States This Year

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Monkeypox
First Case Detected In U.S. This Year

5/18/2022 4: 29 PM PT

Monkeypox is surging around the globe and now the rare virus has found its way inside our borders.

A Massachusetts man was tested positive for monkeypox on Tuesday. This was the first case of monkeypox in America this year, according to health officials.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC, the man traveled to Canada recently.

The MDPH said the man is in good health and poses no risk for the public. However, they claim they are working with CDC to trace contact information.

Monkeypox is extremely rare in the United States, this is only the third confirmed case since 2003, but it is on the rise worldwide … with 9 recent cases identified in the United Kingdom since May, plus another 5 in Portugal.

The monkeypox virus is responsible for the disease. It’s part the same family as smallpox and chickenpox. It is extremely rare in Africa and the CDC states that the virus does not naturally occur in the United States.

Monkeypox transmits from animals to humans when an infected animal, usually a primate or rodent, bites or scratches a human … or from preparing wild game or hunting wild animals.

When a person is infected, the disease spreads through bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, and prolonged contact with the air.

Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, chills, rash, muscle aches and lesions similar to those caused by smallpox. It can be fatal, especially in young children.

Another thing to be concerned about, folks.

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