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Nearly 30 U.S. cases of monkeypox confirmed

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 30 people have been confirmed to be infected with the monkeypox virus, federal officials reported Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said lab testing indicated 29 of the country's 79 suspected cases had the virus, which is a cousin of smallpox.

Monkeypox is a west African disease never before seen in the Western Hemisphere. As of June 25, there were 14 confirmed cases in Wisconsin, seven in Indiana and six in Illinois. One case each was confirmed in Kansas and Missouri.