Potential case of monkeypox investigated in NYC

May 20, 2022 Associated Press
The lobby of Bellevue Hospital is seen on Friday. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue on Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
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New York City public health officials said Thursday they’re investigating a potential case of monkeypox, a rare virus rarely seen outside of Africa that can cause flu-like symptoms.

The possible infection in New York comes as European and U.S. officials have identified a small number of monkeypox cases in recent days. Authorities are investigating potential infections in the Montreal area, while Massachusetts officials are investigating whether a monkeypox infection in the state is linked to U.K. outbreaks.

Officials at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the patient is being cared for at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. The city’s Public Health Lab will send preliminary tests to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

City epidemiologists will then follow up with people who may have been in contact with the patient.

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The virus originates in primates and other wild animals, and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases can develop rash and lesions on the face, hands and other parts of the body.

Monkeypox can be fatal for up to one in 10 people, with children potentially facing more severe infections. People exposed to monkeypox typically receive a smallpox vaccine.

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