BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health have confirmed the fourth case of monkeypox in the Commonwealth in the past month, after initial testing came back positive at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain late Monday.
Officials say the patient is isolating and that the contact tracing process is ongoing.
According to MassDPH, monkeypox can spread through:
- Direct skin-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
- Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
- Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox).
Officials say monkeypox does not spread through casual conversation, touching items like doorknobs, or by walking near someone with monkeypox in a public environment.
A confirmation test will be conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.