Third Possible Case of Monkeypox Found in US – National

Health officials said they may have found a third case of the monkeypox virus in the United States and are testing a patient in South Florida to confirm whether the person has contracted the disease, which is leading an outbreak. rare outside Africa.

The case in Broward County, Florida, is “international travel related,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health said in a statement Sunday, “and the person remains in isolation. ”.

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Results of tests conducted by the CDC are expected soon. No other cases have been identified in the state, according to the statement.

The first case of monkeypox in the United States was reported in Massachusetts on Wednesday. The disease, which is similar to smallpox but milder, was found in a man who had recently traveled to Canada. Health officials said the case posed no risk to the public.

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The second US case was a New York City resident who tested positive for the virus on Friday, health officials said.

In Europe, more than 100 cases of the viral infection, which spreads through close person-to-person contact, were recently reported.

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Toronto investigates city’s first suspected case of monkeypox

Toronto investigates city’s first suspected case of monkeypox

Occurring primarily in West and Central Africa, monkeypox is a viral infection that was first reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s. Symptoms include fever, headaches, and skin rashes that They start on the face and spread to the rest of the body.

(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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