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Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family. Infection typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. A United States case involving a Massachusetts resident was reported on May 18, 2022.

Since that time, most other states, including Rhode Island, have also reported cases to CDC.

Press Release: Governor McKee, Rhode Island Department of Health Announce Expansion of Monkeybox Vaccination Campaign, August 3, 202

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