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Monkeypox Rare monkeypox virus reported in Dallas resident

Monkeypox Rare monkeypox virus reported in Dallas resident

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Monkeypox Rare monkeypox virus reported in Dallas resident

Monkeypox Case Is Discovered in Texas Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0700-The person is hospitalized in stable condition after traveling from Nigeria to Atlanta and Dallas Love Field Airport … Dallas County health authorities are reporting a …

Dallas County health authorities are reporting a case of rare monkeypox virus in an individual who traveled from Nigeria to Dallas. The person, a Dallas city resident, is hospitalized and in stable condition, according to a statement Friday from the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with Delta Air Lines and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with arrival July 9; and Atlanta to Dallas Love Field Airport on July 9. Public health authorities said they have identified and are in contact with individuals who were in direct contact with the patient.

Travelers were required to wear masks on the flights as well as in the U.S. airports because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Therefore, it’s believed the risk of spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on the planes and in the airports is low,” the Dallas County statement said.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, progressing to a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox but causes a milder infection.

CDC scientists traveled to this remote African village to hunt for the monkeypox virus

In this case, CDC laboratory testing showed the patient is infected with a strain of monkeypox most commonly seen in parts of West Africa, including Nigeria. Infections with this strain are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, according to a CDC statement. However, rates can be higher in people with weakened immune systems. There is no proven safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection.

The patient developed a rash just before departing Nigeria, but the rash worsened after the person returned home to Dallas, according to an official familiar with the investigation who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter because of the ongoing probe. The person went to the hospital Tuesday. Clinicians quickly made the diagnosis based on the symptoms and recent travel history from Nigeria. By then, the person had developed the characteristic symptoms: rashes on their face and elsewhere on the body.

Authorities said they have interviewed the patient and close contacts who were exposed and determined there is very little risk to general public. People who do not have symptoms are not capable of spreading the virus to others.

Dallas County said it is not releasing additional information about the patient or the patient’s location. The individual is isolated at the hospital to prevent the spread of the virus.

“While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said the case demonstrates “the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure, as we are only a plane ride away from any global infectious disease.”

Before the Dallas case, there have been at least six reported monkeypox cases in travelers returning from Nigeria, including cases in the United Kingdom, Israel and Singapore. This instance is not related to any of the previous cases. In the United Kingdom, several additional monkeypox cases occurred in those who had contact with infected people.

Most monkeypox outbreaks have occurred in Africa. In addition to Nigeria, outbreaks have also been reported in nine other countries in central and western Africa since 1970. Monkeypox also caused a large outbreak in people in the United States in 2003 after the virus spread from imported African rodents to pet prairie dogs, with 47 reported human cases.

People can get monkeypox when they are bitten or scratched by an animal, prepare wild game or have contact with an infected animal or possibly animal products. Human-to-human transmission is thought to occur primarily through large respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets generally cannot travel more than a few feet, so prolonged face-to-face contact is required, according to the CDC. The virus can also spread through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores or items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores, such as clothing and bedding.

Lori Aratani contributed to this report

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Rare monkeypox virus reported in Dallas resident Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0700-The rare but potentially serious viral illness was identified in a Dallas resident who had recently returned from Nigeria. Health officials said there was very little …

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Monkeypox Case Is Discovered in Texas

July 16, 2021

The rare but potentially serious viral illness was identified in a Dallas resident who had recently returned from Nigeria. Health officials said there was very little risk to the public.

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A teenage boy believed to have monkeypox was examined by doctors in the Republic of Congo in 2017.Credit…Melina Mara/The Washington Post, via Getty Images

A case of monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious viral illness, has been identified in a Texas resident who recently returned from Nigeria, health officials said on Friday. They said that the risk that the virus would spread to others was low.

The patient, a Dallas resident, was hospitalized in Dallas and in stable condition, health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was working with an unidentified airline as well as state and local health officials to contact passengers who had traveled with the patient on two flights — one from Lagos to Atlanta on July 8 and the other from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

The C.D.C. said it believed that the risk of the patient’s having spread monkeypox to others through respiratory droplets was limited because travelers on those flights and in the airports in Atlanta and Dallas were required to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm, and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Clay Jenkins, the Dallas County judge, said in a statement on Friday.

Dr. Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said that county health officials had been working with state and federal agencies to interview the patient and others who had been in close contact with the person.

“We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public,” Dr. Huang said in a statement. “This is another demonstration of the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure, as we are only a plane ride away from any global infectious disease.”

Monkeypox — so named because it was first identified in laboratory monkeys — occurs mostly in Central and Western Africa, although it caused an outbreak in the United States in 2003 after it spread from imported African rodents to pet prairie dogs, the C.D.C. said.

During that outbreak, 47 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were identified in six states, the C.D.C. said. Those who were infected reported symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and rash. No deaths were reported.

Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but it causes a milder infection, according to the C.D.C. The illness typically begins with flulike symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and develops into a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks.

In this case, laboratory testing at the C.D.C. showed that the patient had been infected with a strain of monkeypox most commonly seen in parts of West Africa, including Nigeria. Infections with that strain of monkeypox are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, the C.D.C. said, although rates may be higher in people with weakened immune systems.

The C.D.C. said it had been supporting Nigeria’s response to monkeypox since 2017, when the disease re-emerged in that country after a period of nearly 40 years with no reported cases.

There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, according to the C.D.C., although one vaccine has been licensed in the U.S. to prevent monkeypox and smallpox.

Monkeypox is commonly found in animals such as rats, mice and rabbits, but it can infect people when they are bitten or scratched by an animal, prepare wild game or come into contact with an infected animal or, possibly, animal products, the C.D.C. said.

The virus can spread between people through bodily fluids, sores or items contaminated with bodily fluids, but it is generally transmitted through large respiratory droplets that do not travel more than a few feet. As such, prolonged face-to-face contact is generally necessary for the virus to spread, the C.D.C. said.

Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the U.C.L.A. Fielding School of Public Health, said that monkeypox was not as transmissible as coronavirus or influenza.

“The risk is low, but this just highlights the fact that an infection anywhere is potentially an infection everywhere,” Dr. Rimoin said. “This should serve as a reminder that infectious diseases are spilling from animals to humans regularly and that Covid is not the only infectious disease of zoonotic origin that we may worry about in the future.”

The rare but potentially serious viral illness was identified in a Dallas resident who had recently returned from Nigeria. Health officials said there was very little risk to the public.

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A teenage boy believed to have monkeypox was examined by doctors in the Republic of Congo in 2017.Credit…Melina Mara/The Washington Post, via Getty Images

A case of monkeypox, a rare but potentially serious viral illness, has been identified in a Texas resident who recently returned from Nigeria, health officials said on Friday. They said that the risk that the virus would spread to others was low.

The patient, a Dallas resident, was hospitalized in Dallas and in stable condition, health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was working with an unidentified airline as well as state and local health officials to contact passengers who had traveled with the patient on two flights — one from Lagos to Atlanta on July 8 and the other from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

The C.D.C. said it believed that the risk of the patient’s having spread monkeypox to others through respiratory droplets was limited because travelers on those flights and in the airports in Atlanta and Dallas were required to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm, and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Clay Jenkins, the Dallas County judge, said in a statement on Friday.

Dr. Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said that county health officials had been working with state and federal agencies to interview the patient and others who had been in close contact with the person.

“We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public,” Dr. Huang said in a statement. “This is another demonstration of the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure, as we are only a plane ride away from any global infectious disease.”

Monkeypox — so named because it was first identified in laboratory monkeys — occurs mostly in Central and Western Africa, although it caused an outbreak in the United States in 2003 after it spread from imported African rodents to pet prairie dogs, the C.D.C. said.

During that outbreak, 47 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were identified in six states, the C.D.C. said. Those who were infected reported symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and rash. No deaths were reported.

Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but it causes a milder infection, according to the C.D.C. The illness typically begins with flulike symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and develops into a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks.

In this case, laboratory testing at the C.D.C. showed that the patient had been infected with a strain of monkeypox most commonly seen in parts of West Africa, including Nigeria. Infections with that strain of monkeypox are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, the C.D.C. said, although rates may be higher in people with weakened immune systems.

The C.D.C. said it had been supporting Nigeria’s response to monkeypox since 2017, when the disease re-emerged in that country after a period of nearly 40 years with no reported cases.

There are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, according to the C.D.C., although one vaccine has been licensed in the U.S. to prevent monkeypox and smallpox.

Monkeypox is commonly found in animals such as rats, mice and rabbits, but it can infect people when they are bitten or scratched by an animal, prepare wild game or come into contact with an infected animal or, possibly, animal products, the C.D.C. said.

The virus can spread between people through bodily fluids, sores or items contaminated with bodily fluids, but it is generally transmitted through large respiratory droplets that do not travel more than a few feet. As such, prolonged face-to-face contact is generally necessary for the virus to spread, the C.D.C. said.

Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at the U.C.L.A. Fielding School of Public Health, said that monkeypox was not as transmissible as coronavirus or influenza.

“The risk is low, but this just highlights the fact that an infection anywhere is potentially an infection everywhere,” Dr. Rimoin said. “This should serve as a reminder that infectious diseases are spilling from animals to humans regularly and that Covid is not the only infectious disease of zoonotic origin that we may worry about in the future.”


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