SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia has its first case of monkeypox.
Last Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) issued a notice of the state’s first potential case, citing orthopoxvirus detected in a male resident of metro Atlanta.
DPH has since received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials announced Monday.
The individual, who has a history of international travel, remains in isolation at home, according to the department.
Officials continue to trace possible close contacts and monitor his symptoms.
Most monkeypox patients experience only fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. Those with more serious illness may develop a rash and lesions on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.
The virus has now been reported in a dozen U.S. states and Washington, D.C.
The Associated Press contributed to this report