United States detects its first monkeypox infection in a man who recently traveled to Canada

US authorities have detected a first case of monkeypox in a man living in the state of Massachusetts (northeastern United States). It is an adult male who had recently traveled to Canada, the Massachusetts health department said in a statement.

The Massachusetts health department did the initial tests on Tuesday to detect the disease and, later, the governmental U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that it was monkeypox.

The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of the now eradicated smallpox, although somewhat milder – fever, headache, muscle pain, backache, chills and exhaustion – and there is often swollen glands and a rash, which starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body, mainly hands and feet.

This is the first case of monkeypox to be detected in the U.S. this year. The states of Texas and Maryland each reported a case in 2021 with patients who had recently traveled to Nigeria.

 

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