Maryland health officials confirm Monkeypox case

BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland health officials say they’ve confirmed a case of monkeypox in a resident who recently returned from Nigeria.

The Department of Health says the person had mild symptoms and is recovering in isolation, but isn’t hospitalized.

Officials say the general public doesn’t need to take any special precautions.

Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan says people who may have been in contact with the person diagnosed with the illness have been identified and authorities are following up with them.

Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox but generally causes a milder infection.

It can be spread through contact with lesions or body fluids, through contaminated materials like clothing or through large respiratory droplets.

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