- LAST MINUTE: The rare disease has been detected after decades.
- Authorities in Texas confirmed the case.
- The strange disease has only been recorded in the US 47 times.
A case of monkeypox was detected in a Texas resident. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the monkeypox case in a Dallas County resident who recently returned from Nigeria, according to the agency itself.
DSHS said in a release that they were working with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “to investigate a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a Dallas County resident.”
Monkey pox identified and potentially exposed
The health authorities assured that “the patient is isolated in the hospital and the public health investigation has identified some people who may have been exposed in Dallas and are monitoring themselves for symptoms of infection.”
DSHS revealed that although “the disease does not currently pose a risk to the general public,” “public health officials are reaching out to passengers who may have been exposed to the patient on flights from Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta. and Atlanta to Dallas ”.
They confirm when the patient with monkeypox arrived
The authorities would provide instructions on “how to monitor themselves for symptoms,” according to the aforementioned statement. “Monkeypox (Monkeypox) is a viral disease that sometimes infects humans.”
For its part, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed that the resident infected with the monkey virus arrived at Love Field airport on July 9, 2021. “The person is hospitalized in Dallas and is in stable condition, ”the agency said.
They seek to prevent the spread of monkeypox or Monkeypox
DCHHS confirmed that CDC was working with “the airline and state and local health officials to communicate with the airline’s passengers and others who may have been in contact with
the patient during flights ”.
“The individual is isolated in the hospital to prevent the spread of the virus,” says a release from the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Travelers on these flights were required to wear masks on flights as well as at US airports,” the ad recalls.
CDC is evaluating potential risks
The use of masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic leads experts to think that “the risk of spreading monkeypox (Monkeypox, in English) through respiratory droplets to other people on airplanes and at airports is low, “according to the letter.
“The CDC is evaluating the potential risks for those who may have had contact with the traveler in
the plane or in the airports ”, points the ad. That also called for calm as they do not expect any threat to the general public.
They monitor people who were in direct contact with the patient
DCHHS also said it has identified and “is in contact with people who were in direct contact with the patient. People who do not have symptoms are not capable of transmitting the virus to other people ”, so they reiterated their call for calm.
“Dallas County will not release further information about the patient to protect their privacy. In addition, the information on the patient’s location will not be released, ”says the announcement from the Dallas County Health and Human Services department.
“We are just one plane ride away from any infectious disease”
“We have been working closely with the CDC and DSHS and have conducted interviews with the patient and contacts who were exposed,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Director of DCHHS. “We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public.” .
“This is another demonstration of the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure,
as we are just one plane ride away from any global infectious disease, “said the director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services department.
Where does monkey pox come from?
“Monkeypox (Monkeypox) is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus of the family Poxviridae. The gender Orthopoxvirus it also includes the variola virus (the cause of smallpox), the vaccinia virus (used in the vaccine against smallpox) and the cowpox virus ”, says the official CDC website.
“Monkey pox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name ‘ape pox,” the CDC notes.
Rare disease that has caused an outbreak before in the US.
According to the CDC, the first human case of monkeypox (Monkeypox) was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “during a period of intense efforts to eliminate smallpox,” hence the rare disease has spread.
Cases have been detected in West and Central Africa. Outside of Africa, monkeypox infections “have only been documented six times outside of Africa.” The most affected country, outside the aforementioned continent, was the United States in 2003.
It is believed to be the first time he has arrived in Texas
In the United States, during 2003 there was an outbreak of 47 cases of Monkeypox or monkeypox, according to the CDC. The United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore have also documented cases of monkeypox infections like the one now detected in Texas.
After the 2003 outbreak in the United States, “this is believed to be the first monkeypox virus infection in a Texas resident,” according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services department in Texas.
There is no “proven and safe” treatment for infection
The CDC notes that “currently, there is no proven and safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection.” On the previous occasion, and “in order to control an outbreak of monkeypox in the United States”, some treatments were used.
These medicines included “the smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immunoglobulin (VIG),” according to a fact sheet distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the United States.