CDC Confirms Monkeypox in Texas and Atlanta

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC announced they have confirmed Monkeypox in Texas and Atlanta following the arrival of Nigerian to the States.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, as well as municipal health officials in Dallas and Atlanta, announced on Friday that they are investigating a case of monkeypox in a traveler from Nigeria.

Experts have yet to discover where monkeypox hides in nature, although it is suspected that African rodents and tiny mammals play a role in the virus’s propagation to humans and other forest creatures such as monkeys. Monkeypox can be contracted by being bitten or scratched by an animal, preparing wild game, or coming into touch with an infected animal or animal products.

Monkeypox can also be transmitted between humans by respiratory droplets, contact with body fluids, monkeypox lesions, or items contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.) While the majority of the outbreaks have happened in Africa, a big outbreak in the United States in 2003 infected 47 individuals when the virus moved from imported African rats to pet pigs.

The CDC considers monkeypox to be less transmissible and lethal than smallpox, while Dallas health officials believe no one else on the trip was infected with the virus, despite the fact that the sick traveler travelled.

“The individual is a City of Dallas resident who traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, arriving at Love Field airport on July 9, 2021. The person is hospitalized in Dallas and is in stable condition,” the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. “We have been working closely with the CDC and DSHS (the Texas Department of State Health Services) and have conducted interviews with the patient and close contacts that were exposed,” said DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang.

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“We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public.”

The CDC is working to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with arrival on July 9; and Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

“Travelers on these flights were required to wear masks as well as in the U.S. airports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is believed the risk of spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on the planes and in the airports is low. Working with airline and state and local health partners, CDC is assessing potential risks to those who may have had close contact with the traveler on the plane and specific settings,” the CDC said. 

Symptoms for monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion, the CDC notes. “The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell while smallpox does not. But like smallpox, monkeypox causes skin blisters that eventually scab over.”

According to the CDC, a drug called cidofovir can treat monkeypox infection.

Do you think the Monkeypox in Texas and Atlanta is as a result of a Nigerian visit to the States?

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