Mayor Confirms First Case Of Monkeypox In Boston Public Schools

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A staff member at Boston Public Schools has been diagnosed with monkeypox, according to Mayor Michelle Wu.

The mayor told reporters Monday the Boston Public Health Commission notified BPS over the weekend that an adult working in the district contracted the virus. She did not confirm if the person was a teacher and did not specify which school they worked at.

A BPS spokesperson denied to verify if the person was a staff member or not, only saying it was "an adult member from the BPS community".

Mayor Wu said the BPHC has communicated with the person and conducted contact tracing. She described the exposure as "limited" and added that out of an abundance of caution vaccines have been administered or distributed to anyone who may have come into contact with the infected individual.

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"[The BPHC] have been on top of the situation and we're monitoring this closely," Mayor Wu said. "We're very grateful for the incredible public health infrastructure that we have in this city to be able to identify things so quickly and then spring into action with resources."

WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.

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