The first ever case of monkeypox in the United States this year was discovered on Tuesday when a man fromMassachusetts tested positive for the virus, according health experts.
The man recently traveled to Canada, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed his positive test result.
The MDPH says the man is hospitalized in good condition and poses no risk to the public, albeit they say they are working with the CDC on a strict contact tracing.
Monkeypox is extremely few and far between in the United States, this is only the third time they are having a confirmed case since 2003, but it is upswing worldwide with 9 recent cases identified in the United Kingdom since May, plus another 5 in Portugal.
The malady is caused by the monkeypox virus, and it’s in the same family of viruses as chickenpox and smallpox. It’s very rare outside Africa, and the Center for Disease Control and prevention says the virus does not occur naturally in the States.
Monkeypox transmits from animals to humans when an infected animal, usually a chimpanzee or rodent, bites or scratches a human or from preparing wild game or hunting wild animals.
When a person becomes infected, the disease spreads in various ways, including bodily fluids and respiratory droplets in the air during prolonged face-to-face contact.
Symptoms of monkey pox include fever, headache, chills, rash, muscle aches and lesions similar to those caused by smallpox. It can be fatal, especially with young children.