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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced two additional cases of smallpox in adult males, bringing the total number of smallpox cases in the state to six since May. DPH said initial testing was completed Tuesday at the Jamaica State Public Health Laboratory. Public and private health authorities have confirmed that testing will be conducted at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DPH said there was no known link between the two new cases, but did not specify whether there was any connection between previous cases. DPH said it is working with Massachusetts health officials, patients and medical staff to identify people who have been in contact with patients when they become infected. The latest CDC data show that 72 cases of monkey disease have been reported in residents this year, including the first case reported in Massachusetts on May 18. There have been no deaths from the epidemic in the United States or around the world. Patients generally recover completely in 2-4 weeks. While most of the initial cases of DPH are related to international travel, the latter is not the case. “Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a press release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community and puts anyone at risk who has been in close contact with a person infected with smallpox.” Early signs of smallpox include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first sign. Boiled wounds begin to flatten, rise, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then turn into pustules (filled with pus). A person with smallpox may have many or few ulcers. Although the virus does not spread easily, it can spread to other people as soon as symptoms appear. Infection occurs through direct contact with body fluids and smallpox in monkeys, through contact with liquids or objects contaminated with sores (clothing, bedding, etc.) or, to a lesser extent, through prolonged face-to-face contact with respiratory droplets. They believe that monkeys should isolate smallpox, but if they need to leave the house, they should wear a mask and cover rashes or sores when they are near others. Those who live with or care for a person with smallpox should wear a mask and disposable clothing. Gloves should be worn if they are in direct contact with the wounded and when holding clothing or bedding if the person is unable to do so. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with an infected person or with clothing, sheets, towels and other items or contact surfaces.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced two additional cases of smallpox in adult men on Wednesday, bringing the total number of smallpox cases in the state to six since May.

DPH confirmed that the initial testing was completed Tuesday at the State Public Health Laboratory on the Jamaican Plain, and that state health authorities will test it at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DPH said there was no known link between the two new cases, but did not specify whether there was any connection between previous cases.

DPH said it is working with Massachusetts health officials, patients and medical staff to identify people who have been in contact with patients when they become infected.

According to the latest CDC data, 72 cases of monkey disease have been reported in residents this year, including the first case reported on May 18 in Massachusetts.

There have been no deaths from the epidemic in the United States or around the world, and patients will recover completely in 2-4 weeks.

According to DPH, most of the initial cases were related to international travel, but not in recent cases.

“Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of the cases identified to date,” the DPH said in a press release. “However, the risk is not limited to the LGBT community, and anyone who is in close contact with a person with smallpox is at risk.”

Early signs of smallpox include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Boiled wounds begin to flatten, rise, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then turn into pustules (filled with pus). A person with smallpox may have many or few ulcers.

Although the virus does not spread easily, it can be transmitted to humans as soon as symptoms appear. Infection occurs through direct contact with body fluids and smallpox, through contact with fluids or objects contaminated with sores (clothing, bedding, etc.) or, to a lesser extent, through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact.

Anyone who thinks they have smallpox should isolate themselves, but if they have to leave the house, they should wear a mask and cover their rash or sores when they are around others.

People living or caring for a person with smallpox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they are in direct contact with the victim, as well as when holding clothing or bedding if the person is unable to do so. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with an infected person or with clothing, sheets, towels and other items or contact surfaces.

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