More than 200 people being monitored for monkeypox in the U.S.: CDC
In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
TORONTO -- More than 200 individuals in 27 states are being monitored for possible exposure to monkeypox after they came into contact with an American man who contracted the rare disease after returning from a trip to Nigeria, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed.
The government agency said, at present, there is only one confirmed case of monkeypox in the U.S. and none of the individuals identified for monitoring are considered to be at a “high risk” for the disease.
“These individuals were on flights with the patient or had known contact with the patient. The investigation is ongoing and the numbers may change slightly in the days to follow, but at this time no additional cases have been identified,” Amanda MacGurn, a health communication specialist who works with the CDC’s poxvirus and rabies branch, said in an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca on …
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