Monkeypox cases double in UK, pop up in US

Detected cases of monkeypox have doubled in the United Kingdom to 20 since early May, and several suspected cases are being investigated in the United States. One US case, in a man in Massachusetts, has been confirmed.

The outbreaks represent a rare appearance of the disease in Europe and North America. Monkeypox has been known from Central and West Africa since 1970, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It causes fever, muscle aches, chills and full-body, chickenpox-like rash made up of fluid-filled pustules.

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