Monkeypox outbreaks: here’s everything you need to know

Cases of the rare monkeypox virus are appearing in Europe and the United States, suggesting that the virus linked to smallpox is spreading locally rather than appearing due to travel to countries where the virus is endemic, mainly in Africa central and western.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating possible cases in the United States, including a confirmed case in a Massachusetts man. “The CDC urges health care providers in the United States to be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with monkeypox, whether or not they have travel or monkeypox-specific risk factors and regardless of their gender or sexual orientation,” CDC officials said in a statement.

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