Monkeypox cases suspected in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago
June 3, 2022 – More suspected cases of monkeypox are being investigated in the United States, with health authorities in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Illinois reporting their first cases.
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the CDC said 21 confirmed cases of monkeypox had been discovered in 11 states. A week earlier, the CDC had listed 10 cases in eight states.
The Georgia Department of Public Health said a metro Atlanta man with a history of international travel showed symptoms of monkeypox, but the case was not confirmed by CDC testing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The department is conducting contact tracing while the man isolates himself.
The City of Philadelphia said a probable case of monkeypox was found in a resident, based on initial testing by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories.
“The threat to Philadelphians from monkeypox is extremely low,” Dana Perella, manager of the Health Department’s acute communicable disease program, said in a statement. Press release. “Monkeypox is far less contagious than COVID-19 and can be contained, particularly when prompt care is sought for symptoms.”
And in Illinois, a man who recently traveled to Europe was confirmed as the state’s first probable case of monkeypox, WLS-TV reported. A preliminary test at a state health department lab returned a positive result, but the finding will need to be confirmed by the CDC.
“Because Chicago is a very large international travel hub, it was inevitable that we would see a case or two, maybe more, in Chicago,” Irfan Hafiz, MD, chief medical officer of Northwestern Medicine Northwest, told WLS. Region.
Meanwhile, a possible fifth case has been detected in New York City, city health officials said. CBS News.
Monkeypox is endemic to Central and West Africa, and is rarely found elsewhere. State and local health authorities are conducting contact tracing on U.S. cases to find out how people contracted monkeypox, a disease similar to smallpox.
Other Western countries are reporting far more cases than the United States. The The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said on Tuesday that 557 cases had been reported worldwide, including 108 cases in the UK, 69 in Spain and 59 in Portugal.