Louisiana identifies 1st known monkeypox case in a resident

Louisiana 1st monkeypox case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the first detected case of monkeypox infection in a state resident.

A news release Thursday says an out-of-state resident visiting Louisiana also tested positive for monkeypox.

The Louisiana resident was in the New Orleans area of the state

The department says the Louisiana resident lives in the area composed of Orleans, Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.

The news release did not say whether that person had any contact with the out-of-state resident or where the second person visited. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus has been found in at least 605 people in 35 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.