Monkeypox Case Is Discovered in Texas

by 24USATVJuly 17, 2021, midnight 21
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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 person, 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.

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