D.C. health officials report potential monkeypox case in the nation's capital

About two-dozen cases of monkeypox have so far been diagnosed in the U.S.

Updated: June 6, 2022 - 3:45pm

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D.C. Health has reported the first positive case of orthopox in a resident who recently visited Europe. The agency sent samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to text for monkeypox.

The patient is isolating, and according to the agency does not pose a risk to the public.

The orthopox family of viruses includes monkeypox. There are now 25 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S., according to CDC data. The first U.S. case was reported several weeks ago in Massachusetts.

The monkeypox virus is related to smallpox and yield somewhat similar, though milder, symptoms including fever, exhaustion, muscle aches, and lesions.

The incubation period between an individual being exposed to the virus and becoming symptomatic can be anywhere from five to 21 days.

Lesions are typically a symptom that will develop later in the virus's run, following fever, headache, fatigue, chills, etc.