The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has disclosed that an uncommon case of human monkeypox was discovered in a Texas resident that visited Nigeria on Friday.
The development is now the first recorded case of the virus detected in the state.
Reports from the US media indicate that the patient is currently hospitalized in Dallas. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said due to the fact that this illness is rare; it is not a reason to be worried. Further, Jenkins says threats are not expected to the general public.
Apart from Nigeria, outbreaks of this monkeypox have also been reported since 1970 in central and western African countries. In 2003, more outbreak was recorded in people in the United States, the CDC reveals.
Also, the agency says it is working with the airline, local, and state health officials to get in touch with passengers and others who may have had some contact with the carrier.
Monkeypox belongs to the smallpox family. It is an uncommon but possibly severe viral illness that normally starts with symptoms that might seem as if the individual has a flu, inflammation of the lymph nodes, slowly developing to an extensive rash on the face and body.
According to the CDC, For the symptom to develop, it normally takes 7 to 14 days; following the exposure of a person to the monkeypox virus. The symptoms of this virus are similar to some other viruses: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches. Also, the CDC says the virus can be transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person.
However, it held that since travelers were putting on masks because of COVID-19; the risk of transmission of monkeypox through respiratory droplets to people on the planes and in the airports is little.
The carrier is believed to have contracted the strain usually discovered in parts of West Africa and Nigeria.
Equally important, the CDC disclosed that prior to the current case; there have been no fewer than six reported monkeypox cases in travelers coming back from Nigeria; including in Israel, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
The monkeypox virus was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in the late 1950s and this was where it got its name. In 1970, it was found in humans in Congo. There is no particular vaccine for the treatment of monkeypox, the CDC says; though in 2003 the smallpox vaccine was used so as to help curb the outbreak.