NYC investigating possible monkeypox case

NYC investigating possible monkeypox case

A patient at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan is being tested for monkeypox, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said all appropriate isolation protocols are being followed as the department investigates the possible case.

If the patient tests positive, the results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The city’s epidemiologists will also be following up with anyone who may have come in contact with the patient while they were infectious.

This announcement comes after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC confirmed on Wednesday that a patient there tested positive for the disease.

Monkeypox in the United States is rare. Its symptoms may resemble the flu but include swelling of the lymph nodes and a blister-like rash on the face and body.

The CDC said it is also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox reported within the last two weeks in countries where it is not normally reported, including Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is unclear if those outbreaks are connected to the Massachusetts case.

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