Highlights

  • US confirmed the first monkeypox case on Wednesday
  • Monkeypox usually occurs west and Central Africa
  • It is a virus similar to smallpox, but milder

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Canada's Public Health Agency issued a statement that no cases of Monkeypox have been detected in the country yet 

In United States, the Massachusetts health department has confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a man who had recently travelled to Canada.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC said its labs confirmed the infection to be monkeypox on Wednesday afternoon.

The Public Health Agency of Canada late on Wednesday issued a statement saying it is aware of the monkeypox cases in Europe and is closely monitoring the current situation, adding no cases have been reported at this time.

Monkeypox, which mostly occurs in west and central Africa, is a rare viral infection similar to human smallpox, though milder. It was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s.

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