Suspected Monkeypox Case Detected in Broward County

The Department of Health in Broward County said it was investigating a presumptive case of monkeypox.

“The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward), the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating one presumptive case of monkeypox in Broward County. This case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated,” said the Florida Department of Health. 

DOH-Broward said they are still confirming the case while it is also looking at possible exposures. 

Palm Beach County infectious disease specialist Dr. Larry Bush said that there could be more monkeypox cases in the future amid an ongoing surge in the US and abroad. 

“If we have a case, potentially, in Florida, a case in Massachusetts and a case in New York, then there are several other cases in the United States yet to be diagnosed and they will show up. It would be quite coincidental that we have three cases, one in Florida, one in New England and one in New York that have nothing to do with each other. We’re going to see more cases,” said Bush. 

The last large monkeypox outbreak in the US was in 2003 where 34 people were infected. 

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