US detects first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts man who traveled to Canada

WASHINGTON – United States authorities have detected a first case of monkeypox in a man residing in the state of Massachusetts (northeast of the country).

It’s about a adult male who had recently traveled to CanadaThe Massachusetts Department of Health reported in a statement Wednesday.

The Massachusetts health department did initial tests Tuesday for the disease, and the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later confirmed it was monkeypox.

The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to that of the now eradicated smallpox, although somewhat milder – fever, headache, muscle, back, chills and exhaustion – and there is often swollen glands and a skin rash, which begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body, mainly the hands and feet.

Its about first case of monkeypox detected in the US this year.

The states of Texas and Maryland each reported one case in 2021 with patients who had recently traveled to Nigeria.