1st monkeypox infection confirmed in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) — The first case of monkeypox has been discovered in Vermont.

State health officials say the infection was in an adult from Franklin County and lab results confirmed the disease. Officials say the current risk of community transmission from that case is low. They do not disclose any other information about them to protect their privacy.

Monkeypox is most commonly transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, direct contact with bodily fluids, or prolonged face-to-face contact.

There are about 5,000 cases in the country, but no deaths have been reported.

The World Health Organization declared the disease an absolute emergency last week. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that 98% of the cases discovered since the outbreaks emerged in May have been among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. He called on those at risk to take measures to protect themselves.

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