What to Know About Monkeypox

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May 20. After multiple cases of monkeypox started popping up around the world, it has now reached the U.S., with a Massachusetts resident testing positive.

This isn’t the first time the U.S. has seen cases of monkeypox. In 2003 there was an outbreak with 47 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The virus, which is rare, was named after it was initially found in monkey colonies used for scientific research.

Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 in colonies of monkeys, and the first human case of the virus was found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the CDC.

Cases have mostly been concentrated to the Congo — which typically sees thousands of monkeypox infections a year — and Nigeria, where there have been 200 confirmed and 500 reported cases since 2017, according to the World Health Organization.

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