Traveler hospitalized in Dallas with case of human monkeypox, CDC days

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DALLAS, Texas (KTRK) -- A traveler is hospitalized successful Dallas with a lawsuit of quality monkeypox aft a caller sojourn to Nigeria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a connection issued connected Friday, the CDC said the lawsuit was confirmed by national and authorities wellness officials connected Thursday.

The traveler, who was not identified, took a formation to the U.S. from Lagos, Nigeria, connected July 8. He oregon she landed successful Atlanta the adjacent day, according to the CDC. From there, the traveler reportedly boarded a formation from Atlanta to Dallas.

The CDC said everyone connected those 2 flights who whitethorn person been successful interaction with the traveler is being contacted with the assistance of the airline, authorities and section wellness officials.

"Travelers connected these flights were required to deterioration masks arsenic good arsenic successful the U.S. airports owed to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it's believed the hazard of dispersed of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others connected the planes and successful the airports is low," said the CDC successful a statement.

Monkeypox is successful the aforesaid household of viruses arsenic smallpox but causes a milder infection. The CDC says it's a uncommon but perchance superior viral unwellness that typically starts with a flu-like sickness and swelling of the lymph nodes.

It progresses to a rash connected the look and body. Most infections past 2 to 4 weeks.

In this case, the CDC says laboratory tests showed the traveler is infected with a strain of monkeypox astir commonly seen successful parts of West Africa, including Nigeria.

Before this case, determination person been astatine slightest six reported cases of monkeypox successful travelers returning from Nigeria, including cases successful the U.K., Israel, and Singapore. This lawsuit is not related to immoderate of these erstwhile cases, according to the CDC.

Infections with this strain of monkeypox tin beryllium deadly successful astir 1 successful 100 people. However, rates tin beryllium higher successful radical who person weakened immune systems.

Monkeypox was archetypal discovered successful 1958 erstwhile 2 outbreaks of a pox-like illness popped up successful colonies of monkeys kept for research, the CDC says.

The archetypal quality lawsuit of monkeypox was recorded successful 1970 successful the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, monkeypox has been reported successful humans successful different cardinal and occidental African countries.

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