Eric Adams isn’t worried about the spread of monkeypox in NYC

Mayor Eric Adams said Saturday he wasn’t concerned about the spread of monkeypox in the Big Apple — where at least one case of the rare disease is already suspected.

“Nope. We have the best Department of Health,” Adams told The Post after being asked about the disease after an unrelated event in Midtown. “We’re going to make the right decisions for the city.”

The city’s health department has confirmed a patient in the city has tested positive for a family of viruses that includes monkeypox, but it was still unclear as of Saturday whether the person had been infected with the rare disease.

Two patients had been examined by the city’s health department for possible carriers of the virus. One case was excluded while another person tested positive for “orthopoxvirus,” the virus family that includes monkeypox.

The patient remained isolated on Saturday awaiting testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local health authorities are conducting contact tracing in the meantime.

The CDC is also investigating at least five other cases of possible monkeypox involving American patients, according to CNN.

An image taken during an investigation into a monkeypox outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A patient in New York City tested positive for orthopoxvirus, a disease related to monkeypox.
CDC/Brian WJ Mahy/Handout via REUTERS

The World Health Organization called an emergency meeting on Friday after identifying more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases in Europe, as well as cases in Canada and Australia.

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. Eric Adams isn’t worried about the spread of monkeypox in NYC


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