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the number of cases of monkeypox in the US it rose to 12, with a second case reported in Colorado.
In a press release from the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment, the state assured Friday that the risk of contracting the virus remains low.
“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a second alleged case of monkeypox and is awaiting confirmation from the CDC,” he wrote. “The person who acquired the virus was a close contact of a person known to public health as an alleged case of monkeypox and is collaborating with state and local public health epidemiologists who are investigating and notifying people who may have been exposed. “.
The case involves a young adult male who sought assistance in the Denver area and is reportedly isolated and improving at home.
the first alleged case of monkeypox was found in a man who had recently traveled to Canada.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracker shows two cases across the country, including two in Colorado, California. Florida and Utah.
Washington, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia all have a case, according to the agency’s data.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been recorded worldwide, with cases found in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the virus.
Traditionally, monkeypox virus spreads touching or begging from infected wild animals in West and Central Africa.
However, the former head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Department told The Associated Press earlier this week that cases in Europe appear to have spread due to sexual activity at raves in Spain. and Belgium.
Even if it’s not a sexually transmitted infectionit can be transmitted in both personal and sexual contact, with a notable fraction of recorded cases occurring among gay and bisexual men.
To cure monkeypox, some smallpox vaccines and therapies are available – no vaccines specifically against monkeypox have been developed – and WHO proposed creating a stockpile to equally share what was available.
The CDC said last week that there are doses of the vaccine to prevent monkeypox virus in strategic national supplies and that production will “ramp up” rapidly in the coming weeks.
Symptoms of the virus – which belongs to the same family as smallpox viruses – include fever, chills, rashes, and aches before the lesions develop.
Most patients recover within several weeks without requiring hospitalization.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.