The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Saturday that a person who became ill with the disease in Maryland had been infected with monkeypox. The patient, identified only as a man in his 20s, was being treated at the same hospital where he had contracted the disease, with the disease lab-tested to prove he had the viral illness.
In a statement, the CDC said it was working with state and local health officials to contain the disease. It warned the public to be aware of the disease, which can be transmitted through close contact with infected animal parts or to a person who has been bitten by an infected animal. While most people infected with monkeypox won’t develop any symptoms at all, those who do may experience mild fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and body aches. People who show those symptoms should seek medical care. For more information, the CDC has an interactive map of the active outbreaks of monkeypox, which contains information on how to keep up with the ongoing investigations.
The CDC reported the first recorded case of monkeypox in the United States in 2017, when a man from California contracted the virus in his family’s home in Washington state, where he was bitten by a horse. The CDC has been investigating the cases that have been reported since then, including this latest one.
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