The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, as well as provincial health experts in Dallas, have announced that they are monitoring a case of monkeypox, a rare virus, in a Nigerian traveler.
Monkeypox is related to smallpox, although it is less contagious and less lethal. Smallpox was eliminated in 1979 as a result of a worldwide vaccination effort.
Even though the passenger traveled while sick, the CDC and health officials in Dallas think no one else on the aircraft was infected. But they're investigating just in case.
"The person is a Dallas citizen who flew from Nigeria to Dallas and will arrive at Love Field Airport on July 9, 2021. The individual is being treated at a hospital in Dallas and is in steady-state "According to a statement issued by the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services.
"We have been working very closely with the CDC and DSHS (the Texas Department of State Health Services) and have done interviews with the infected person and close contacts," DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang stated.
"We decided that the general population is at relatively little danger."
The CDC stated that it was attempting to contact air travelers and individuals who may have had interaction with the patient between two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with arrival on July 9; and Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.
"Travelers on these aircraft, as well as in US airports, were compelled to wear masks owing to the current COVID-19 epidemic," the CDC added.
"As a result, the danger of spreading monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on aircraft and in airports is thought to be minimal. The CDC is examining possible risks to people who may have had close contact with the passenger on the plane and specific settings in cooperation with airline and state and local health partners."
Rodents, even pets, can carry monkeypox and transfer it to humans. The virus affected 47 persons in the United States in 2003. The epidemic was traced back to a consignment of tiny animals marketed as pets from Ghana.
In 2018, there was a minor epidemic in the United Kingdom.
"The symptoms of monkeypox include fever, migraine, muscular pains, and fatigue. The primary distinction between smallpox and monkeypox side effects is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to enlarge whereas smallpox does not "According to the CDC.
Monkeypox, the same as smallpox, causes skin blisters that ultimately scab up.
"Generally, the sickness lasts two to four weeks. In Africa, monkeypox has been proven to kill up to one in every ten people who acquire the disease "According to the CDC.
The strain implicated in this week's case is far less lethal, killing just around one in every 100 people, according to the CDC.
The smallpox vaccine can protect against monkeypox, but because the worldwide immunization effort ceased when the virus was eliminated, the availability of the vaccine is restricted.
According to the CDC, cidofovir is a medication that can cure monkeypox infection.
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