5th presumed monkeypox case discovered in New York City, 20th nationwide case
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 20 presumed cases of monkeypox have been identified nationwide, with five of them in New York City.
Health officials say that no deaths have been reported due to the virus, and that there is already one Food and Drug Administration-approved anti-viral medication being used to treat it.
The New York City Department of Health says the virus made its way to New York City on May 4 when one patient was treated for an oral lesion and rash. Doctors confirmed his positive test result after two weeks of isolation.
Experts tell News 12 that Tpoxx, an anti-viral medication used to treat the virus, is being used for cases of monkeypox in the U.S. Health officials say that monkeypox does spread through droplets-- just like COVID-19-- but according to the CDC, the level of public risk around the virus is still relatively low.