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US case of monkeypox reported in Massachuse­tts man

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NEW YORK (AP) — Massachuse­tts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe.

Monkeypox is typically limited to Africa, and rare cases in the U.S. and elsewhere are usually linked to travel there. A small number of confirmed or suspected cases have been reported this month in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.

U.S. health officials said they are in contact with officials in the U.K. and Canada as part of the investigat­ion. But “at this point in time, we don’t have any informatio­n that links the Massachuse­tts case to cases in the UK,” said Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC.

The U.S. case poses no risk to the public. The man is hospitaliz­ed but in good condition, officials said.

Monkeypox typically begins with a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes, followed by a rash on the face and body. In Africa, people have been infected through bites from rodents or small animals, and it does not usually spread easily among people.

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