First case of monkeypox reaches Washington
Massachusetts, New York and Florida already have recorded cases.
In Washington, public health officials have announced that they're investigating the state's first case of monkeypox.
The case involves an adult man who has recently traveled to an unrevealed country where other cases have been reported, according to state and local health officials.
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The United States saw a number of its states, including Massachusetts, New York and Florida, recording possible as well as confirmed cases.
Other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and France, have also reported possible and confirmed cases of the pox.
On Monday, health officer for public health Dr. Jeff Duchin said that the public and healthcare providers “should be aware of the growing international monkeypox outbreak.”
The person believed to be infected with monkeypox is isolating and poses no risk at this time, Duchin said.
"At this time, we have no evidence that monkeypox is spreading locally, but if there are unrecognized cases, that is a possibility,” he added.
Although there is an international outbreak of monkeypox, experts are saying that it is not likely to cause a global pandemic like COVID-19.