Possible first case of monkeypox detected in Florida

Miami – Florida health authorities detected a suspected case of monkeypox in Broward County, in the south of this state, they announced this Sunday.

This is a man who has been isolated and his case is being investigated jointly with the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to the Florida Department of Health.

The man recently made an international trip, where he allegedly acquired the virusand at the moment no other case of this virus has been identified in the state.

The authorities are proceeding to inform all the people who may have been exposed, although they recalled that the risk of contagion of this disease is “relatively low”.

This finding comes after US authorities detected the first case of monkeypox in the country on Wednesday and issued a health alert on Friday.

The virus was discovered in an adult male resident of the state of Massachusetts who recently traveled to Canada.

The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to that of the now-eradicated smallpox, although somewhat milder—fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, chills, and exhaustion—and there is often swollen glands and a skin rash, which begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body, mainly hands and feet.

The states of Texas and Maryland each reported one case in 2021 with patients who had recently traveled to Nigeria.

Since last May, cases of monkeypox have been discovered in several countries where this virus had not previously been detected.

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