New York officials are investigating a suspected case of monkeypox

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ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York health officials are investigating a potential case of monkeypox after a patient tested positive for the family of viruses associated with the rare disease, health officials said Friday night. state health.

The unidentified patient isolates and treats the case as positive pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City public health officials earlier said they were investigating two potential cases of monkeypox, a virus rarely seen outside of Africa that can cause flu-like symptoms.

Tests ruled out one case, the state health department said.

“The other was positive for orthopoxvirus and had illness consistent with monkeypox,” the department said.

City epidemiologists have begun reaching out to people who may have come into contact with the person.

The possible infection in New York comes as the World Health Organization has identified around 80 cases worldwide and around 50 other suspected cases. Massachusetts health officials confirmed its first case of monkeypox on May 18.

The virus comes from primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases may develop rashes and lesions on the face, hands, and other parts of the body.

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