US case of monkeypox reported in Massachusetts man 

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By MIKE STO­BBE – As­so­ci­at­ed Press 

NEW YORK (AP) — Mass­a­chu­setts on Wednes­day re­port­ed a rare case of mon­key­pox in a man who re­cent­ly trav­eled to Cana­da, and health of­fi­cials are look­ing in­to whether it is con­nect­ed to small out­breaks in Eu­rope. 

Mon­key­pox is typ­i­cal­ly lim­it­ed to Africa, and rare cas­es in the U.S. and else­where are usu­al­ly linked to trav­el there. A small num­ber of con­firmed or sus­pect­ed cas­es have been re­port­ed this month in the Unit­ed King­dom, Por­tu­gal and Spain. 

U.S. health of­fi­cials said they are in con­tact with of­fi­cials in the U.K. and Cana­da as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But «at this point in time, we don’t have any in­for­ma­tion that links the Mass­a­chu­setts case to cas­es in the UK,» said Jen­nifer Mc­Quis­ton of the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. 

Though it’s the on­ly U.S. case the CDC is aware of, «I do think we are prepar­ing for the pos­si­bil­i­ty of more cas­es,» she said. 

The U.S. case pos­es no risk to the pub­lic, and the Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dent is hos­pi­tal­ized but in good con­di­tion, of­fi­cials said. 

The man trav­eled to Cana­da at the end of April to meet friends and re­turned in ear­ly May, Mc­Quis­ton said. A CDC state­ment said he used pri­vate trans­porta­tion. 

The case is the first in the U.S. this year. Last year, Texas and Mary­land each re­port­ed a case in peo­ple who trav­eled to Nige­ria. 

Mon­key­pox typ­i­cal­ly be­gins with a flu-like ill­ness and swelling of the lymph nodes, fol­lowed by a rash on the face and body. In Africa, peo­ple have been in­fect­ed through bites from ro­dents or small an­i­mals, and it does not usu­al­ly spread eas­i­ly among peo­ple. 

How­ev­er, in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Eu­rope say most of the cas­es have been in gay or bi­sex­u­al men, and of­fi­cials are look­ing in­to the pos­si­bil­i­ty that some in­fec­tions were spread through close con­tact dur­ing sex. 

Mon­key­pox comes from the same fam­i­ly of virus­es as small­pox. Most peo­ple re­cov­er from mon­key­pox with­in weeks, but the dis­ease is fa­tal for up to 1 in 10 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. 

The As­so­ci­at­ed Press Health & Sci­ence De­part­ment re­ceives sup­port from the Howard Hugh­es Med­ical In­sti­tute’s De­part­ment of Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion. The AP is sole­ly re­spon­si­ble for all con­tent. 

 

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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