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Friday August 19th, 2022 3:20AM

Case of monkeypox confirmed in Georgia

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia health officials said Monday that the first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a suspected case found last week is monkeypox. the Georgia Department of Public Health wrote on Twitter. The patient lives in the metro Atlanta area.

State health officials said the man is isolating at home while they monitor his symptoms and conduct contact tracing.

Monkeypox belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, but its symptoms are milder. People usually recover within two to four weeks without needing to be hospitalized, but the disease occasionally is deadly.

Monkeypox is endemic in parts of Africa, where people have been infected through bites from rodents or small animals. It does not usually spread easily among people. Cases began emerging in Europe and the United States last month

As of Monday, at least 31 cases have been identified in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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