Monkeypox outbreaks: Here’s everything you need to know

Cases of the rare monkeypox virus are popping up in Europe and the United States, suggesting the smallpox-related virus is spreading locally rather than popping up due to travel to countries where the virus is endemic — primarily Central and West Africa.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating possible cases in the US, including a confirmed case in a man in Massachusetts. “CDC is urging providers in the US to be alert for patients who have rash healthcare consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation factors,” CDC representatives said in a statement.

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