Patient in Massachusetts is the first case of monkeypox in the US during 2022

A Massachusetts resident tested positive for monkeypoxmaking it the first case of the rare virus detected in the United States this year.

According to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the patient is an adult male who recently traveled to Canada. The department completed initial testing Tuesday and was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The case poses no risk to the public, and the individual is hospitalized and in good condition,” MDPH said. in a press release.

“DPH is working closely with the CDC, relevant local boards of health, and the patient’s health care providers to identify people who may have been in contact with the patient while he was infectious.”

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The first human case was recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970, and since then the disease has spread to several other nations, mainly in central and western Africa.

It can be spread from animals to humans when an infected animal, such as a rodent or primate, bites or scratches a person. The CDC said humans can also become infected when they hunt wild animals or prepare bushmeat for consumption.

The disease can also spread from person to person through large airborne respiratory droplets, but they cannot travel more than a few feet. so two people would have to have prolonged close contact.

The most common symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches.

Very few cases of monkeypox have been identified in Americans.

According to the CDC, the disease does not occur naturally in the US Infections are usually identified among people who recently traveled to countries where monkeypox is more common.

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