The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the discovery of the first case of “monkey pox” in 2022 in the United States. The patient was hospitalized, his condition is assessed as satisfactory.

The United Kingdom had previously reported nine cases of monkeypox, and on Wednesday Spain and Portugal announced more than 40 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox. Rospotrebnadzor noted that the risk of importing monkeypox to Russia is very low, and all necessary measures are being taken to prevent the importation of the disease.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs mainly in remote areas of central and western Africa near tropical rainforests. Monkeypox virus is transmitted to humans from various wild animals, but its secondary spread is limited to human-to-human transmission. There is no treatment or vaccine to fight this disease.