Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

There are now two confirmed cases of the monkeypox virus in Minnesota, with the state health department on Tuesday identifying the second case just over 24 hours after the first case was announced Monday.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the second case involved a man from the Twin Cities area who has no connection to the first case. This person, however, “appears also to have been infected after traveling outside of Minnesota.”

More cases are expected in the coming days.

“While we do expect to see some additional cases in the next few days or weeks, it’s important to remember that monkeypox is not as infectious and does not spread in the same way as COVID or influenza, but requires skin-to-skin contact or prolonged face-to-face contact, exchange of body fluids, etc.,” the health department told Bring Me The News.

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