Monkeypox case confirmed in Massachusetts

Mystery monkeypox case in Massachusetts is first confirmed in U.S. this year

May 19, 2022 by CBS News

Key Facts

  • The Department of Public Health said the infection was found in an adult man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it's linked to small recent outbreaks in Europe.
  • The DPH is working to identify people who may have been in contact with the man while he was infectious.
  • However, health officials said monkeypox isn't easily spread and the reason they're giving so much attention to this case is because it wasn't transmitted through contact with an animal or during travel, but apparently through human-to-human contact.
  • The CDC is tracking several clusters of monkeypox that have been reported within the past two weeks in Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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