Monkeypox Explained: What Is It and Do You Need to Be Worried?

The year’s first case of monkeypox in the U.S. was confirmed in Massachusetts this week, and New York City health officials are investigating another possible case.

Though a potentially serious disease, monkeypox is typically rare outside of West and Central Africa. Health officials however are monitoring outbreaks that seem to be spreading among people who have not traveled to Africa. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been tracking unusual clusters in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, countries that do not normally report monkeypox. They say it is not clear how people in the clusters were exposed but that they include men who have sex with men.

The New York Times

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