A rare case of monkeypox infection detected in Texas

monkeypox infection detected in Texas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed a rare case of monkeypox infection in the US state of Texas. “On July 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case of human monkeypox in a US resident who recently travelled to Nigeria,” the CDC said in a press release on Friday.

The infected individual is currently being treated in a Dallas hospital. The infected individual travelled from Lagos, Nigeria, to Dallas via Atlanta, and health officials are contacting airline passengers and others who may have come into contact with the infected individual, according to the release.

Monkeypox Case Is Discovered in Texas

Monkeypox, according to the CDC, is a rare but potentially serious viral infection that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and lymph node swelling and progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body. The majority of infections last between 2-4 weeks. Monkeypox is a virus related to smallpox but causes a milder infection.

According to the release, the CDC believes the spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to other passengers on aeroplanes and in airports is extremely unlikely.

Prior to this case, at least six cases of monkeypox had been reported in travellers returning from Nigeria (including cases in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Singapore). The CDC added that this case is unrelated to any of these previous incidents.

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