Another virus, another mask! New Yorkers told to mask up again

An NYC patient has tested positive for the same genus virus as monkeypox sparking calls from the health department for residents to wear masks indoors – just as New Yorkers were finally returning to mask-free normalcy after COVID-19.

The CDC is still waiting for confirmation that it is monkeypox, after the patient tested positive for orthopoxvirus – the genus of viruses that includes smallpox, cowpox, horsepox, camelpox, and monkeypox.

City officials say a second possible monkeypox patient tested negative for the virus.

The health department is encouraging New Yorkers to wear face masks to protect against the new virus outbreak, as well as COVID-19 and the flu. Monkeypox primarily spreads through physical contact but can also be transmitted through respiratory droplets in the air.

Meanwhile, the CDC issued an alert Friday urging doctors and health departments to be ‘vigilant’ for cases of monkeypox amid increased global spread.

The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent ‘unprecedented’ outbreak after over 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe. 

In what Germany described as the largest outbreak in Europe ever, cases have been reported in at least nine countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK – as well as the U.S., Canada and Australia. 

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