REPORT: CDC Testing For Case Of Monkeypox In New York City
Are more infectious viruses and consequential societal reactions coming our way? A new report on Friday showed New York City health officials confirming that a patient suspected of having monkeypox tested positive for orthopoxvirus, a family which the monkeypox disease belongs to.
A press release by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) stated that the patient is now isolated and that they pursuing contact tracing efforts as well. Should the lab test come back Thursday, the agency said it will be “be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] for confirmatory testing.”
NBC News reports that the CDC has yet to verify the test results.
New York State Health Commissioner Mary T. Basset released a statement on the potential New York monkeypox patient:
Reports of suspected cases of monkeypox in the United States and elsewhere are concerning. While a possible case in New York State awaits confirmatory testing by our local and federal partners, the Department has alerted health care providers in New York State so that they can consider this unusual diagnosis if their patients present with symptoms. The current risk to the public is low.
“Most people recover within several weeks and monkeypox has only been fatal in rare cases,” reported the AFP.
Breitbart News reported New York’s potential monkeypox infection follows a case confirmed Wednesday after a resident of Massachusets recently traveled to Canada. NYCDHMH further reported that infections of the virus have been confirmed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, since May 14th.