NYC's 1st Possible Monkeypox Case Awaits CDC Confirmation; Contact Tracing Underway

Two possible cases of monkeypox have been investigated by the New York City Health Department, as the officials look to identify what could be the city’s first potential case of the contagious disease.

Specimens from two patients were tested, with the health department saying Friday that one of the cases has already been ruled out for possibly being monkeypox after preliminary testing. The other case was positive for Orthopoxvirus, which is the family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs.

However, the health department added that the case has not yet been confirmed to be monkeypox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is handling the confirmation testing.


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