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New York health officials are investigating a possible case of monkeypox in the city.in a patient being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.
“All appropriate isolation protocols are being followed. The Health Department’s Public Health Laboratory will perform preliminary tests which, if positive, will be sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing,” the Health Department said in a statement.
Department epidemiologists will follow up with anyone who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious.
The country’s first monkeypox case of 2022 was confirmed in Massachusetts this week. That patient had recently returned from Canada, but in addition, several countries in Europe have reported several cases.
Monkeypox, which is caused by a virus from the same genus that causes smallpox, is very rare in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Monkeypox does not occur naturally in the United States, but cases have occurred associated with international travel or the importation of animals from areas where the disease is more common,” the CDC states on its website.
Signs and symptoms of monkeypox
In humans, the symptoms of smallpox are similar to but milder than those of monkeypox. Monkeypox begins with a fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion,” states the CDC.
“The main difference between the symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that the latter causes the lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy), while smallpox does not,” he adds.
New York City Health Statement
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of New York is investigating a possible case of monkeypox in the city. The patient is being cared for at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
All appropriate isolation protocols are being followed. The Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory will conduct preliminary tests that, if positive, will be sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.
“Department epidemiologists will follow up with anyone who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infected.”
Monkeypox is rare in the United States, but, in the rare circumstances in which a positive case is identified, it usually presents as a flu-like illness accompanied by swollen lymph nodes, followed by a skin rash. face and body.
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