Monkeypox has been reported for the first time in a minor in New York State

The child lives in New York, but not New York City, according to health department data released last week. The data does not state the sex of the child, the place of residence or how the minor became infected.
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New York Department of Health spokesman Monica Pomeroy said she could not release the minor’s age.

“In cases where the number of cases is small, patient confidentiality prohibits the department from disclosing this information,” Pomeroy said.

Previously, at least two other children in the U.S. have had cases of monkeypox, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One case involved a California toddler and the other involved a non-US resident infant.

The two cases are unrelated and likely result from household transmission, the CDC said. Public health officials are investigating how the children became infected.

Since the monkeypox outbreak began in May, most cases have occurred among men who have sex with men. But anyone can contract the virus through close skin-to-skin contact.

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In the case of children, the CDC said, this could include “holding, cuddling, feeding, as well as shared items such as towels, bedding, cups and utensils.”

The CDC said the Jynneos vaccine will be made available to children through special extended use protocols.

The agency has also developed new guidelines for health care providers on how to identify, treat, and prevent monkeypox in children and teens.

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