23. July 2021
As public health officials keep an eye on the contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 in the US, the CDC is also on the lookout for a possible outbreak of another virus – monkey pox.
More than 200 people in 27 states are being monitored for possible exposure after coming into contact with an American who contracted monkey pox in Nigeria before traveling to Texas earlier this month, to STAT News .
So far, none of the people who are being persecuted are considered high-risk patients and none have been infected with the virus.
The traveler flew on from the next ht flight Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta, Georgia on July 8th and then on another flight to Dallas on July 9th. On July 15, the patient went to the emergency room of a Dallas hospital and was reported diagnosed with monkey pox, STAT.
State health officials and the CDC monitor people within 2 meters of the during the night flight Passengers sat, flight attendants, passengers who used a specific toilet on the plane, those who cleaned the bathroom after the flight, and some family members who interacted with the person in Dallas.
“It is believed that the risk of the spread of monkey pox on the plane and in the airports is low, as travelers have to wear a mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic and monkey pox is mainly transmitted by droplet infection “, so to the CDC .
Monkey pox is descended from a virus that is like smallpox. It was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks occurred in monkey colonies held for research purposes in Africa, according to to the CDC . The disease is usually mild and causes less severe illness than smallpox, but it can be fatal in about 10% of cases.
âHowever, [death] rates can be higher in people with compromised immune systems “The CDC wrote.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a particular pox-like rash that develops all over the body, including the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet Feet.
Monkey pox, which was first discovered in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is typically found in remote parts of Central and West Africa. It was last discovered in the US in 2003, according to to the CDC , as confirmed by 47 and likely cases have been reported in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.