CDC Announces Case of Monkeypox in Massachusetts

The CDC and Massachusetts health officials have begun an investigation into a case of Monkeypox that was found in the state. On Wednesday officials announced the case was confirmed in a man in Massachusetts who had recently traveled to Canada. The patient is hospitalized in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital and has been in an airborne infection isolation room since last Thursday. Dr. Paul Biddinger, the chief preparedness and continuity officer at Mass General said they are not sure how the patient was infected but emphasized that “historically this has been a very rare disease, with very rare transmission around the world.” Biddinger also said the man was ‘no public health risk’ and that people should “be aware of the symptoms but not be afraid.”