August 3, 2021

Monkey pox detected in the US for the first time since 2003

Published:

22 Jul 2021 19:34 GMT

This disease, which rarely occurs in people, has been documented in only four countries outside of Africa: the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Singapore.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring more than 200 people from 27 states across the country who may have had contact with a Texas resident who contracted monkeypox in Nigeria at the beginning of July, the STAT portal reviews.

The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Friday the unidentified man was in stable condition and is currently in isolation.

“CDC is working with the airline and state and local health officials to contact the airline’s passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on 8 July, arriving on July 9, and from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9, “the agency detailed in a statement.

The agency also mentioned that all passengers on these flights they had to wear masks due to covid-19 restrictions, making the risk of spreading monkey pox via respiratory droplets to other people on airplanes and at airports “low”.

For his part, Dallas County Judge Clay Jankins admitted in a statement that the case is “rare,” although “it is not cause for alarm.” “We do not expect any threat to the general public,” he stressed.

First case in the US since 2003

Monkey pox is a rare viral disease that was discovered in 1958 in groups of research monkeys, with the first human case recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This disease, which rarely occurs in people, has been documented in only four countries outside of Africa: the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Singapore.

In 2003, there was a big outbreak in the US., when a shipment of animals from Ghana contained several rodents and other small mammals that were infected with the virus. 47 confirmed and probable cases were reported in five states. Back then, it was the first time human cases of monkeypox were reported outside of Africa.

Symptoms of the disease

Symptoms of the disease are similar to smallpox, but milder– Tends to start with fever, headache, muscle pain, and exhaustion. It also causes swollen lymph nodes, which smallpox does not.

Days after developing a fever, the patient develops a Rash on the skin It often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. First, spots or a flat, discolored area of ​​skin less than one centimeter wide appear. These spots then rise and eventually fill with fluid, after which they turn into pustules with pus. Eventually they crust over before falling off.

According to the CDC, monkeypox has been shown to cause the death of one in every 100 people who contract it. The illness lasts about two to four weeks, and those affected tend to show symptoms seven to 14 days after being infected.