Massachusetts has identified the first 2022 U.S. case of monkey box infection

An electron microscopic (EM) image showing mature, oval-shaped monkey box virus particles and spherical particles of crescent and immature virions derived from the clinical human skin sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog eruption. 18, 2022. Cynthia S. Guide by Goldsmith, Russell Regney / CDC / Reuters

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May 18 (Reuters) – A man who recently traveled to Canada was diagnosed with the monkey box virus, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its labs confirmed monkey flu on Wednesday afternoon.

The government agency said it was working with the CDC and the relevant local health boards to track down the culprits, adding that “the case poses no danger to the public and the individual has been admitted to the hospital and is in good condition.”

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The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a statement late on Wednesday saying it was aware of monkey flu in Europe and was closely monitoring the current situation, with no cases reported at this time.

The ape, which is mostly found in West and Central Africa, is a rare viral infection similar to smallpox. It was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s. The number of cases in West Africa has increased over the past decade.

Fever, headache and skin rash are symptoms that start on the face and spread to other parts of the body.

The virus is not easily transmitted to humans, but can be transmitted through body fluids, monkey sores, fluids such as bedding or clothing, or contaminated objects or respiratory droplets, the Massachusetts Institute said. – Face contact.

It said no cases of monkey flu had been identified in the United States this year. Texas and Maryland each reported a case of recent travel to Nigeria in 2021.

The CDC also said it had been monitoring monkeypox cases in several countries over the past two weeks, including in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Some cases of monkey pox have recently been reported or suspected in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.

Earlier on Wednesday, Portuguese officials said they had identified five infections and that Spanish health services were investigating 23 possible cases after Britain warned Europe of the virus.

European health officials have been monitoring the outbreak since Britain reported its first case on May 7 and since then six more have been found in the country.

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Deena Beasley’s report in Los Angeles; Additional report by Steve Scherrer in Ottawa and Juby Babu in Bangalore

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