There was only one case of monkeypox virus infection in an adult male who recently traveled to Canada, according to a press release from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
On Tuesday night, the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain completed the first phase of testing, while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) completed the second phase of testing.
Health care providers and the Department of Public Health are working together to identify those who may have come into contact with the patient while he or she was infectious.
The individual has been hospitalized and is in good condition, according to the release. There is no danger to the public, according to the statement.
“An uncommon but potentially dangerous viral illness, monkeypox begins with a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes before progressing to a rash on the face and body. It is a rare, but potentially serious, virus. Most infections last for two to four weeks. Many people are at risk of contracting monkeypox in areas of central and western Africa because of exposure to rodents and small mammals, handling wild game, or coming into contact with an infected animal or its products “This is how it reads:
However, transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluid or sores (clothing etc.) or respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact with this virus.