CDC Monitors Potential Monkeypox Exposure in the US

23 July 2021

As public health officials track the contagious delta version of COVID-19 across the US, the CDC is also tracking a possible outbreak of another virus – monkeypox.

More than 200 people in 27 states are being monitored for potential exposure after they had contact with an American who contracted monkeypox in Nigeria before traveling to Texas earlier this month. for state news.

So far, none of the people being followed are considered to be at high risk, and none have contracted the virus.

The passenger took an overnight flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta, Ga. on July 8, and then took another flight to Dallas on July 9. On July 15, the patient went to a Dallas hospital emergency room and was diagnosed with monkeypox, STAT reported.

State health officials and the CDC are monitoring people who sat within 6 feet of a passenger on an overnight flight, flight attendants, passengers using a special bathroom on the plane, who cleaned the bathroom after the flight Key, and some family members who chatted with the person in Dallas.

“It is believed that the risk of spreading monkeypox on aircraft and airports is low, as passengers were required to wear masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and monkeypox is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets,” according to to CDC.

Monkeypox stems from a virus similar to smallpox. It was first discovered in 1958 when an outbreak occurred in colonies of monkeys for research in Africa to CDC. The disease is usually mild and causes less severe illness than smallpox but can be fatal in about 10% of cases.

“However, [fatality] The CDC notes that rates may be higher in people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, tiredness and a characteristic chickenpox-like skin rash that develops all over the body, including the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

First detected in humans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970, monkeypox commonly occurs in remote parts of Central and West Africa. It was last found in the US in 2003, according to to CDC, when 47 confirmed and probable cases were reported in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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