Washington (The Times Groupe)- The United States capital Washington, D.C. on Sunday confirmed its first case of Monkeypox, a viral illness that can spread through direct contact with bodily fluids or Monkeypox lesions.
The Monkeypox positive case was confirmed Saturday in a resident who recently traveled to Europe, said the health authority, DC Health.
“The samples collected have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further evaluation and confirmation of Monkeypox,” the body said in a statement.
According to the health authority, the patient is currently isolated and does not pose a risk to the public.
“DC Health is tracking close contacts, but so far there have been no additional cases in the District,” said the statement.
The CDC reported Friday that Monkeypox cases had more than doubled over the past week to 20 cases in 11 states.
Before a rash appears on the face and body, Monkeypox begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling in the lymph nodes. Symptoms may appear up to 21 days after exposure.
Since cases were first detected in Europe and the US last month, hundreds have been detected worldwide. It is endemic to western and central Africa.
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