The United States reports its first case of monkeypox

The Department of Public Health Massachusetts confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a man who had recently traveled to Canada.

The state agency said it works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and relevant local boards of health to carry out contact tracing, adding that “the case poses no risk to the publicand the individual is hospitalized and in good condition.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada released a statement Wednesday saying it is aware of monkeypox cases in Europe and is closely monitoring the current situation, adding that no cases have been reported at this time.

Monkeypox, which occurs primarily in West and Central Africa, is a rare viral infection similar to smallpox, although milder.

It was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s. The number of cases in West Africa has increased in the last decade.

Symptoms include fever, headaches, and skin rashes that start on the face and spread to the rest of the body.

The Massachusetts agency detailed that the virus does not spread easily between people, but transmission can occur through contact with bodily fluids, monkeypox sores, items such as bedding or clothing that have been contaminated with fluids or sores. , or through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact.

He said no cases of monkeypox had been previously identified in the United States this year. Texas and Maryland each reported one case in 2021 in people who recently traveled to Nigeria.

Several cases of monkeypox have recently been reported or suspected in United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Portuguese authorities said they had identified five cases of the infection and health services in Spain said they were evaluating 23 potential cases after Britain put Europe on alert for the virus.

European health authorities have been monitoring any outbreak of the disease since Britain reported its first case on May 7 and have since found six more in the country. (Reuters)

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