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May 20, 2022, 4:51 p.m. EDT

Possible case of monkeypox is under investigation in New York City as outbreak spreads

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By Renée Onque

Officials in New York City said they were monitoring a suspected case of monkeypox, as an outbreak of a disease rarely detected outside of Africa was confirmed in more countries.

The patient in New York was receiving care at Bellevue Hospital, where city health officials said they had performed preliminary tests to confirm whether the person had monkeypox. Globally, 37 cases have been confirmed , and 71 are under investigation in countries where monkeypox isn’t endemic, the World Health Organization said.

See more : Opinion: With COVID top of mind, some people are worried about monkeypox. A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin.

Germany, Australia, France and Belgium reported their first cases Friday. There are two confirmed cases in Canada, and 17 suspected cases in Montreal alone.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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