US Identifies First Monkeypox Case This Year

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The US has identified its first monkeypox case this year, after a string of new cases popped up in Europe.   The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed on Wednesday that a man who recently travelled to Canada was infected with the virus, which rarely appears outside central and western Africa.    The department said the patient has been hospitalised and is in good condition.   His case does not pose a risk to the public.   Before this, the US had not detected monkeypox since 2021.    Since the beginning of May, monkeypox has also been identified in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.    Transmission occurs mostly through the exchange of large respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.    The virus can also spread via direct contact with bodily fluids, lesions or items they touch, like clothing or bedding.