Cases of monkeypox are normally only seen in Africa, but a batch has surfaced in the U.S., Europe and Canada and they don’t appear to be related to Africa at all. Over the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the U.S., Sweden and Canada have all reported infections, mostly among young men who have never been to Africa. Oyewale Tomori, a virologist who formerly headed the Nigerian Academy of Science, released a statement saying, “I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected. This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West.”
On May 18 2022, a U.S. resident who was returning from Canada, tested positive for monkeypox. According to the CDC, six people in the United States are now being monitored for monkeypox infections after sitting near a traveler who developed symptoms while traveling from Nigeria to the United Kingdom in early May. The CDC also reported that, no additional monkeypox cases have been reported in the U.S. as of May 18, 2022. However, many are being monitored for suspected cases.
The CDC says they will continue to keep us updated about the monkeypox cases and how rapidly they are spreading.