A third case of monkeypox may have been found in the United States – with health authorities in Florida running tests on a patient who they believe may have contracted the virus.
The case in Broward County, Florida, is ‘related to international travel,’ the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health said in a statement on Sunday.
They added that ‘the person remains isolated.’
The patient is near Fort Lauderdale, local media said.
The results of tests conducted by the CDC are expected soon. No other cases have been identified in the state, the release said.
The first monkeypox case in the United States was reported in Massachusetts on May 18. The following day, the second case was reported – in New York City.
As fears of another outbreak mounted, Joe Biden was asked on Sunday how concerned he was about the virus.
‘Well, [the health advisors] haven’t told me the level of exposure yet, but it is something that everybody should be concerned about,’ Biden said.
‘We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, may be available for it.
‘But it is a concern if that if it were to spread, it’s consequential.
‘But that’s all they’ve told me.’
The disease, which is similar to human smallpox but milder, was found in Florida in a man who had recently traveled to Canada.
Health officials said the Florida case posed no risk to the public.
In Europe, more than 100 cases of the viral infection, which spreads through close person-to-person contact, have been reported recently.