The Massachusetts Department of Public Health just confirmed a case of monkeypox in an adult male with recent travel to Canada.
And now the Department of Public Health is now working closely with the CDC and relevant local boards of health to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while he was infectious...
"The case poses no risk to the public, and the individual is hospitalized and in good condition," MDPH stated in a press release. "DPH is working closely with the CDC, relevant local boards of health, and the patient’s health care providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while he was infectious."
Monkeypox is a rare -- but potentially serious viral illness -- that typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes. Then it usually progresses to a rash on the face and body.
Thankfully, the virus does not spread easily between people.
This is the first monkeypox case the United States has seen this year.