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Monkeypox cases hit 142 in US as 29 new infections were detected, CDC data shows

MONKEYPOX cases continue to rise in the US as 29 new infections have been detected, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

The CDC’s latest update on Tuesday brings the total number of cases in the country to 142, just a month since the first US case was detected.

The CDC has released its latest update on monkeypox cases in the US

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The CDC has released its latest update on monkeypox cases in the USPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The US confirmed its first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts on May 17

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The US confirmed its first case of monkeypox in Massachusetts on May 17Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

The US confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a traveler returning to Massachusetts from Canada on May 17.

The country reported 72 cases in 18 states last month, making it the largest monkeypox outbreak in the US.

California was hit hardest with 21 confirmed cases, followed by New York with 17 and Illinois with 13.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released new guidance on how to identify monkeypox during the outbreak.

Traditionally, people with monkeypox have a fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and muscle aches.

Symptoms are followed by a rash that starts on the face or mouth and then spreads to other parts of the body — particularly the hands and feet.

However, in some recent cases, patients first develop a rash in the mouth or around the genitals or anus.

And instead of widespread rashes, some patients saw scattered or localized lesions in areas other than the face, hands, or feet.

Sometimes flu-like symptoms appeared after the rash, but others didn’t have these symptoms at all.

Scientists have warned of unusual symptoms in US patients not previously linked to the virus.

Some patients have reported pain in or around the anus and rectum, rectal bleeding, proctitis (painful inflammation of the lining of the rectum), or feeling the need to have a bowel movement even though the bowel is empty.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5587281/monkeypox-us-cases-update-cdc-data/ Monkeypox cases hit 142 in US as 29 new infections were detected, CDC data shows

Sarah Y. Kim

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