monkeypox virus in united states

Monkeypox cases in Texas (US); first time in two decades

Moneypox cases in United States: A rare case of human monkeypox has been identified in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in nearly two decades, according to Live Science. The patient is a US citizen who recently returned from a trip to Nigeria.

The individual is presently being held in solitary confinement in a Dallas hospital. The CDC is working with the airline, as well as state and local health authorities, to contact airline passengers and others who may have come into contact with the patient on two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with an arrival on July 9, and Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

The lone incidence of monkeypox, according to government officials, is not reason for concern and presents no harm to the broader population.

Since a 2003 epidemic involving 47 persons, the disease caused by the monkeypox virus has not been identified in the United States. The virus was found in pet prairie dogs in the Midwest, which caused the pandemic.

While monkeypox can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, the CDC stated that the chances of this happening in this case are low because, due to Covid-19, wearing masks is required on flights and at US airports, reducing the risk of the pathogen spreading to other passengers or travellers through respiratory fluids suspended in the air.

What is Monkeypox?

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is an uncommon but potentially fatal viral infection that primarily affects rural areas of Central and West Africa (WHO). The virus thrives in primates and rats, but it can occasionally “jump” from animals to humans.

It usually starts with flu-like symptoms and lymph node enlargement, then develops to a broad rash over the face and body. The majority of infections persist two to four weeks.

Monkeypox is a virus that is related to smallpox but produces a less severe illness.

The virus is transmitted from person to person mostly by respiratory droplets that enter the body through mucous membranes in the eyes, mouth, and nose.

Furthermore, monkeypox can be spread when a person comes into touch with infected lesions or bodily fluids; monkeypox can also be contracted indirectly through contact with contaminated clothing or linens.