NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a uncommon case of monkeypox in a person who lately traveled to Canada, and well being officers are trying into whether or not it’s linked to small outbreaks in Europe.

Monkeypox is often restricted to Africa, and uncommon instances within the U.S. and elsewhere are often linked to journey there. A small variety of confirmed or suspected instances have been reported this month in the UK, Portugal and Spain.

This 2003 electron microscope picture made obtainable by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention exhibits mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, proper, obtained from a pattern of human pores and skin related to the 2003 prairie canine outbreak.

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U.S. well being officers mentioned they’re in touch with officers within the U.Ok. and Canada as a part of the investigation. The U.S. case poses no danger to the general public, and the Massachusetts resident is hospitalized however in good situation, officers mentioned.

The case is the primary within the U.S. this yr. Final yr, Texas and Maryland every reported a case in individuals who traveled to Nigeria.

Monkeypox sometimes begins with a flu-like sickness and swelling of the lymph nodes, adopted by a rash on the face and physique. In Africa, individuals have been contaminated by bites from rodents or small animals, and it doesn’t often unfold simply amongst individuals.

In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand May 27, 2003.
On this Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention handout graphic, signs of one of many first recognized instances of the monkeypox virus are proven on a affected person’s hand Might 27, 2003.

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Nevertheless, investigators in Europe say many of the instances have been in homosexual or bisexual males, and officers are trying into the likelihood that some infections have been unfold by shut contact throughout intercourse.

Monkeypox comes from the identical household of viruses as smallpox. Most individuals recuperate from monkeypox inside weeks, however the illness is deadly for as much as 1 in 10 individuals, in line with the World Well being Group.

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