Iowa health officials report first probable case of monkeypox in state

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BUT man in Iowa He is infected with the first probable case of monkeypox in the state, health officials said.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the man likely became infected during a recent international trip and is in isolation.

Officials are tracing contacts to monitor possible exposure to other people.

The virus originates in wild animals but is occasionally transmitted to humans, with most cases occurring in central and western Africa.

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This handout illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the symptoms of one of the first known cases of monkeypox virus on a patient's hand.

This handout illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the symptoms of one of the first known cases of monkeypox virus on a patient’s hand.
(Courtesy CDC/Getty Images)

Recent cases of monkeypox have spread far beyond Africa and are reported in the UK, Spain, Italy, the US and other countries.

Monkeypox symptoms include fever, severe headache, back pain, muscle aches, lack of energy, and skin rashes, according to the World Health Organization.

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A health worker prepares a syringe at a monkeypox vaccination clinic run by public health authorities CIUSSS in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 6, 2022.

A health worker prepares a syringe at a monkeypox vaccination clinic run by public health authorities CIUSSS in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 6, 2022.
(REUTERS/Kristin Muski)

On June 28, U.S. health officials expanded recommendations for people who should get the monkeypox vaccination to include men who have recently had sex with other men at parties.

In the United States, there are about 460 cases of monkeypox in 32 states.

World Health Organization stated on June 27 that the current monkeypox outbreak was “moderate” and also said that the number of cases was “probably underreported”.

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“The overall risk is assessed as moderate for [the] at the global level, given that this is the first time that cases and clusters have been reported simultaneously in five WHO regions, the WHO said. an outbreak affecting several recently affected countries, as well as a somewhat atypical clinical presentation of cases. In other WHO regions, the risk is considered moderate based on epidemiological patterns, possible risk of case importation, and capacity for case detection and outbreak response.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.