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Georgia has confirmed a suspected case of monkeypox virus.
The state’s public health department said the confirmed orthopoxvirus was detected in a male resident of metro Atlanta who had a history of international travel.
“CDC is performing confirmatory testing to determine if this is monkeypox,” the department tweeted.
Georgia’s health ministry said it was carrying out contact tracing and monitoring the individual who is currently self-isolating at home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now shows 19 confirmed monkeypox cases nationwide.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday there are now more than 550 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 30 countries that are not endemic for the disease.
While experts believe monkeypox should not become a pandemic, much remains unknown regarding transmission and recent outbreaks.
Although the majority of new cases of monkeypox have been seen in gay or bisexual men, experts warn that anyone is potentially at risk.
Monkeypox spreads when there is close contact with an infected individual, but it is not yet known whether it is now exclusively sexually transmitted.
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It’s also unclear if people could spread monkeypox without symptoms or if the disease could be airborne.
Traditionally, monkeypox virus is spreading by touching or being bitten by infected wild animals in West and Central Africa.
Scientists have yet to determine whether these outbreaks can be traced to Africa and a senior WHO adviser previously claimed the current cases were likely linked to sex at two raves in Spain and Belgium.
No deaths from the virus have been reported so far and the majority of patients recover without requiring hospitalization.
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Monkeypox, which is linked to smallpoxhas milder symptoms.
Some of these symptoms include fever, chills, rash, and pain, before the lesions develop.