New York City confirms first case of monkey pox

New York state health officials said late Friday that a New York City resident tested positive for the virus that causes monkey pox, according to the AP.

Why it matters: It is the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the state since several countries recently reported infections with the virus, previously rarely seen outside of western and central African countries.

  • It is also the second confirmed monkeypox infection in the US this year, as Massachusetts reported the first on Wednesday.

The unidentified patient is treated and isolated while the state determines how the person became infected and reaches people who may have been in contact with the person, the AP said.

The big picture: Numerous other countries reported multiple confirmed and possible cases this week, including Australia, Canada, Belgium, Italy, London and Northern Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

  • With regard to smallpox, monkeypox has two main types: the West African clade with a mortality rate of about 1% and the Congo Basin (Central Africa) clade, with a mortality rate of about 10%, reports Eileen Drage O’Reilly of Axios.
  • The current circulating strain of virus appears to be the milder West African type that often begins with flu-like symptoms and lymph node swelling, and progresses to blistering.
  • The smallpox vaccine is believed to be effective against monkeypox.

The CDC warned Friday That doctors and state health departments in the US should be on the lookout for possible cases, especially looking for the signature rash associated with the virus.

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