New York City confirms first case of monkeypox
Why it matters: It's the state's first confirmed case of monkeypox since multiple countries recently reported infections from the virus, which previously had been rarely seen outside of western and central African countries.
- It's also the U.S.' second confirmed monkeypox infection this year, as Massachusetts reported the first on Wednesday.
The unidentified patient is being treated and isolated while the state determines how the person was infected and reaches people who may have been in contact with the person, according to AP.
- The state is also awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The New York City Department of Health said Thursday it was investigating at least one possible case of monkeypox.
- Related to smallpox, monkeypox has two main types: the West African clade with a fatality rate of around 1% and the Congo Basin (Central African) clade, with a fatality rate of around 10%, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly reports.
- The current circulating virus strain appears to be the milder West African type that often starts with flu-like symptoms and swelling lymph node, progressing to a blistering rash.
- The smallpox vaccine is believed to be effective against monkeypox.
The CDC warned Friday that doctors and state health departments in the U.S. should be on the lookout for possible cases, specifically looking for the characteristic rash associated with the virus.
- The World Health Organization's European chief also said he is concerned that monkeypox could spread in Europe in the next few months, as people gather for parties and festivals during the summer