Newly discovered cases of monkeypox in the US are growing at a worrying rate…and health officials may have found the first cases involving person-to-person contact within our borders.
Four more cases of monkeypox have been detected in the US, with one in Colorado considered a “close contact” of another infected person who was tested the day before.
Another close contact was found in California, with someone who had been near an infected patient 3 days earlier.
Infection cases have increased to 14 people in 8 states… as you know, 24 countries around the world have seen spikes in cases, and the World Health Organization has updated the crisis threat level to “moderate”.
As we reported, the first case of monkeypox in the United States this year it was detected on May 17 when a Massachusetts man tested positive after returning from Canada… the Massachusetts Department of Public Health says he is hospitalized in good condition.
Monkeypox is spread from animals to humans when an infected animal, usually a primate or rodent, bites or scratches a human. It can also come from the preparation of wild animals or from the hunting of wild animals.
Human-to-human transmission occurs through skin-to-skin contact and droplets from an infected person.