Massachusetts health officials confirm two additional monkeypox cases

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A sign is seen posted outside of a hospital room door. It reads in part, "BIOHAZRD. Monkeypox." (WLNE)

BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed Wednesday two additional cases of monkeypox were found.

The number of cases in the Commonwealth is now at six since May according to the department of public health. The additional cases were found in two adult males, and they are currently being isolated.

DPH is working with local health officials to track down anyone who may have been in contact with the patients. There is no known connection between these two cases.

CDC data shows there have been 72 cases of monkeypox virus this in year in the US. The first confirmed case in Massachusetts was on May 18th.

The CDC advises people to contact their health care provider if they are showing symptoms. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask and disposable gloves.

For more information about this virus, visit https://www.mass.gov/monkeypox and https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.

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