The state Department of Public Health said the cases were found in two men who had close contact with each other. Testing was done Saturday at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.
“Although monkeypox infections remain rare, and none of the close contacts from Massachusetts’ first case developed monkeypox during their monitoring period, the CDC is reporting that cases continue to rise across the United States,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “It is very important to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox and to be vigilant. Individuals with concerning rashes should contact their healthcare provider.”
The DPH said many of the early cases were associated with international travel; however, they warn that recent cases have resulted from sexual contact between men.
Transmission happens through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores or through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact.
source: Boston 25 News