Texas: Over 200 people in 27 states United States of America (USA) tracked for possible disease infection monkey pox which is rare. Disease it affected a Texan man who had just returned from Nigeria earlier this month.
The man was taken to hospital in stable condition. It is believed to be the first case of monkeypox in the US since 2003.
So far, no new cases have been found. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was concerned that passengers on the man’s two flights may have contracted the disease.
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“He (the Texan) flew to Atlanta, Georgia from Lagos, Nigeria on July 9, before finally flying to Dallas, where he is currently being treated,” the CDC said in a statement.
The CDC is working with airlines to assess the potential risks passengers may have had close contact with patients.
“However, the chances of the disease spreading on the plane are small because passengers are required to wear masks,” the CDC added.
A CDC spokesman said it was working with state and local Health Ministries to follow up on individuals who may have had monkeypox.
“Risk in the general population is considered low. Currently, none of the 200 people we monitor is considered to be at high risk,” they added.
Monkeypox or monkeypox is a rare viral disease of the same family as smallpox, but much milder. This disease mostly occurs in central and western African countries close to tropical rainforests.
Symptoms of monkeypox usually begin with fever, headache, swelling, back pain, muscle aches and lethargy. After a fever, a rash usually develops that can spread all over the body – most often on the palms of the hands and feet.
The rash can be very itchy, change shape, and eventually form sores. Most cases of the virus are mild and go away on their own within a few weeks.
However, monkeypox can sometimes become a severe disease with one in 100 cases causing the sufferer to die.