The number of reported cases of monkeypox in the United States has now risen to 12 as a second suspected case was identified in Colorado.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Friday that the new case is of a “young adult male who sought care in the Denver area and is doing better and isolating at home.”
The young man was in close contact with a man who had recently traveled to Canada and believed to have had the first case of monkeypox in Colorado.
Both cases are awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Two cases were also reported in each of the states of California. Florida and Utah.
New York, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia each have one reported case.
Meanwhile, Ireland confirmed its first case on Saturday, according to Reuters. A suspected case is also being investigated there.
The World Health Organization says around 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not normally known to have outbreaks of the disease.
Monkeypox causes skin lesions and typically leaves patients with flu symptoms. It was first identified in monkeys and rarely spreads outside of Africa, which has made recent reports of cases alarming for health officials.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/new-monkey-pox-case-suspected-in-colorado/ New case of monkeypox suspected in Colorado