Monkeypox is a rare case of human viral illness was detected in Texas making it the first case of the virus seen in the state.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that the viral infection was found in a United States resident who recently traveled from Nigeria to the US. The patient is a Dallas resident and was hospitalized in Dallas and is in stable condition
CDC said that the risk that the virus would spread to others was low and also said they are working with an airline as well as state and local health officials to contact all the passengers who had traveled with the patient.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the risk of the patient’s having spread monkeypox to others through respiratory droplets was limited because travelers on those flights.
Although, it was required to wear masks in the airports in Atlanta and Dallas to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Monkeypox is named because it was first identified in laboratory monkeys which occurs mostly in Central and Western Africa.
It caused an outbreak in the United States in 2003 after it spreaded from imported African rodents to pet prairie dogs. The CDC reported that during that outbreak, 47 people confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were identified in six states.
The infected reported symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and rash.
According to the CDC, Monkeypox comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox but it causes a milder infection and last two to four weeks. This infection begins with flulike symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes which develops into a widespread rash on the face and body.