The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health confirmed that the case is ‘related to international travel.’
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On May 18th, the first monkeypox case in the U.S. was identified in the State of Massachusetts, and the second case was reported in New York City the day afterwards.
It is possible that a third case of monkeypox may have been detected in the United States, after health authorities in Florida conducted tests on a patient who they believe may have contracted the virus.
They stated that ‘the person remains isolated.’
Local media have also stated that the patient is near Fort Lauderdale.
As of this moment, no other potential cases have been identified in Florida, the statement said, and the results of tests conducted by the CDC will be available soon.
U.S. President Joe Biden was asked how concerned he was about the virus, as fears of another outbreak are growing.
Biden said: ‘Well, haven’t told me the level of exposure yet, but it is something that everybody should be concerned about.’
‘We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, may be available for it.
‘But it is a concern if that if it were to spread, it’s consequential.
‘But that’s all they’ve told me.’
The disease was found in Florida in a man who had recently traveled to Canada. Monkeypox is similar to human smallpox, but it is milder.
The Florida case posed no risk to the public according to health officials.
Over 100 cases of the viral disease have been identified in Europe - which primarily trasmitted through person-to-person contact.