August 3, 2021

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In the United States a man it was hospitalized for contracting the monkeypox. The man, from Dallas, contracted the so-called Monkey B Virus (BV) on a trip in Nigeria. The traveler, who was not identified, flew to the United States from Lagos on July 8, landed in Atlanta the next day, and then boarded a flight to Dallas.

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This is the second case in a few days. In China, in fact, Tuesday 20 July is the first patient died suffering from monkeypox. It was a 53-year-old veterinarian from Beijing who worked in a non-human primate research institute. The man, whose identity was not disclosed, had accused i first symptoms of nausea and vomiting one month after having dissected the carcasses of two monkeys, at the beginning of March.

Now, the local health authorities are standing monitoring daily more than 200 people in 27 different states, fearing possible exposure to the disease: scholars are concerned about the passengers who were on board two flights.

The man – believed to be the first case of monkeypox in the United States since 2003 – is in hospital but in stable condition. No new cases have been found so far. Monkeypox is one rare viral disease which is found mostly in tropical countries of Central and West Africa: it is called monkeypox because it was discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958.

In humans, the clinical features are similar to those of smallpox. In Africa, monkeypox is fatal in about 10% of people who contract it; mortality from human smallpox was about 30% of cases before the disease was eradicated.

Last updated: Thursday 22 July 2021, 10:59