October 2, 2022
Washington DC reports first potential monkeypox case this year

D.C. Public Health Lab reported  its first potential monkeypox case of the year after a local resident with recent travel to Europe tested positive for the orthopoxvirus, which is in the same family of viruses as monkeypox, according to the press release. 

“The collected samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing and confirmation of the monkeypox virus,” the agency said.

The health agency issued a health advisory on May 26 with clinical recommendations and reporting requirements for health care providers on any suspected cases. 

The agency also reports 911 confirmed global cases in 29 countries, with most of the cases in the United Kingdom (225), Spain (186) and Portugal (143), as of June 5.

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