Days after swarms of the rare monkeypox virus emerged in Europe, New York City health authorities on Thursday announced that they were investigating a possible case of the rare disease. meet this.
Authorities said little about the patient, who is currently in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, according to a notice from the city’s health department. According to an official, the patient arrived at the hospital on Thursday.
Patient samples will be sent to the city’s public health laboratory for preliminary testing, and if positive, the samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing. confirm whether the disease is indeed monkeypox, according to health authorities. .
News about possible cases come a day later A Massachusetts man was diagnosed with the disease. He recently traveled to Canada, currently investigating further more than 15 suspected cases in and around Montreal.
Multiple cases of smallpox in monkeys have been identified recently in the UK and Portugal, while Spain is investigating suspected cases of the virus. Sweden and Italy reported cases on Thursday. Patients in the UK and those in Canada mostly men who have sex with men.
monkey smallpox, According to CDC., can be spread through respiratory droplets from an infected person, as well as through contact with bodily fluids and sores for which the virus is known. It can also be spread through contaminated objects.
Viral disease related to smallpox, but it is milder and less contagious. It usually doesn’t cause major flare-ups.
The first outbreak in the United States occurred almost 20 years ago and most likely infected about 47 people. It is believed that it started with the importation of infected squirrels and other rodents from Ghana. They in turn infected prairie dogs that were then sold as pets.
Infected individuals often experience fever and body aches before the characteristic rash of the disease. Red acne turns to pus-filled blisters that shell ends. This disease can be treated with an antiviral drug.
City health authorities said Thursday that investigators will try to locate people who recently came into contact with the patient at Bellevue.