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First monkeypox case confirmed in Georgia

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Smallpox and monkeypox vaccines are effective at protecting people against monkeypox when given before exposure to monkeypox. Experts also believe that vaccination after a monkeypox exposure may help prevent the disease or make it less severe.

The CDC has confirmed the first case of monkeypox virus in Georgia.

The man who has shown symptoms lives in metro Atlanta and has a history of international travel. The man was ordered into isolation and the length of time he must isolate depends on when his symptoms clear up.

The CDC is currently tracking 19 confirmed cases in the U.S. including Georgia’s case and others in California, Utah, Massachusetts and Florida.

The World Health Organization reports cases have been recorded in 30 different countries. Health officials say the risk to the general public is low but people should avoid contact with anyone suspected of having the virus.