A Dallas, Texas, resident who recently returned from Nigeria has tested positive for monkeypox, a rare smallpox-like virus, local officials said Friday. Although this is the first confirmed case of the virus in the US since 2003, officials said the public should not be concerned.
“While rare, this case is not cause for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. in a sentence Dallas County Health Department. Because passengers wore masks on the flight and at the airport, the health department said: “The risk of spread of monkeypox through respiratory droplets to others on aircraft and at airports is believed to be bass”.
Monkeypox, which belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, is a rare but life-threatening viral infection that begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses to a rash on the face and body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It tends to last two to four weeks. People without symptoms are not capable of transmitting the virus, the health department said.
Laboratory tests confirmed that the patient is infected with a strain of the virus that is seen primarily in West Africa, which includes Nigeria. Monkeypox infections of that strain are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, hitting those with weakened immune systems the hardest, according to the CDC.
Prior to this case, there were six other cases of monkeypox in travelers returning from Nigeria. The CDC said this case is not believed to be related to any of the previous cases.
This is the first reported case of monkeypox in Dallas County, according to the health department statement. The person is currently in isolation at a Dallas hospital and is in stable condition. The CDC said it is working with local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who came into contact with the infected traveler during their flights from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8 and from Atlanta to Dallas. on July 9.
it was seen in the US in 2003. Nearly 50 people became ill after imported African rodents infected prairie dogs, which subsequently infected humans, the CDC said. This launched a 15-state government search for infected prairie dogs.
Despite past incidences of the virus, Dr. Phillip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said there is no reason to worry. “We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public,” he said in the health department statement. “This is yet another demonstration of the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure, as we are just a plane ride away from any global infectious disease.”