DC health officials report first potential monkeypox case from a resident who traveled to Europe

DC health officials report first potential monkeypox case from a resident who traveled to Europe
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  • The DC Department of Health announced its first potential case of monkeypox on Saturday.

  • "The patient is currently isolating and does not pose a risk to the public," the department said.

  • San Francisco also reported its first potential monkeypox case this week.

A Washington, DC, resident on Saturday tested positive for what could be monkeypox, Washington health officials said.

The resident tested positive for orthopoxvirus. Monkeypox is in the orthopoxvirus family.

"On June 4, the DC public health lab confirmed the first positive Orthopox case in a district resident who reported recent travel to Europe," a press release from the DC Department of Health said. "The collected samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing and confirmation of the Monkeypox virus."

"The patient is currently isolating and does not pose a risk to the public," the department added. "DC Health is identifying and monitoring close contacts. However, at this time no additional cases have been identified in the districts."

The San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Friday the city's first probable case of monkeypox.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 24 cases of monkeypox in the US.

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