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Massachusetts Has A Monkeypox Case

May 20, 2022

Massachusetts has a case of monkeypox.

A man who recently traveled to Canada is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for monkeypox. It’s a virus where symptoms include flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes on one’s face and body. The virus tends to last between two to four weeks, as Boston 25 points out.

It’s the first case of monkeypox in the United States this year; there were two cases in the United States in 2021, but it didn’t spread any further.

The virus transmits via contact with bodily fluids of one that has monkeypox as well as through exposure to monkeypox sores — or surfaces that have been contaminated by one of these two things. Sex acts between men and prolonged face-to-face contact with someone can also spread the virus.

 

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