Monkeypox case detected in Texas, resident to have arrived from Nigeria

Monkeypox case detected in Texas, resident to have arrived from Nigeria

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the local health authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, & Dallas, Texas have confirmed that they are looking into a case of Monkeypox in a traveler from Nigeria, West Africa.

While officials are still analyzing where the virus hides in nature, it is believed that small mammals and rodents in Africa have a key role in spreading the virus to humans and certain forest animals like monkeys.

Notably, people may get infected by monkeypox once they are scratched or bitten by an animal or when they come in contact with an infected animal or animal products.

In addition to above, the potentially serious viral illness can spread among people through respiratory droplets or via contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or things that may be contaminated with sores or fluids such as clothes, surfaces, and others. 

Sources cite that majority of monkeypox cases have been reported in Africa, however, in 2003, the outbreak infected nearly 47 people across the U.S. after the virus spread from imported rodents from Africa to pet dogs in the region. Although, the CDC claims that monkeypox is less transmissible and deadly when compared to smallpox.

As per the Dallas Country Department of Health and Human Services (DCHHS), the City of Dallas resident who flew from Nigeria to Dallas on July 9, 2021, is hospitalized and in a stable state.

Commenting on the same, Dr. Philip Huang, Director of DCHHS, mentioned that the institute is working closely with CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Service and have also interviewed the patient and the close contacts who were exposed.  

In this regard, the CDC is working to contact the airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the infected patient during two flight journeys- Nigeria to Atlanta on July 8 that landed on July 9, 2021, and Atlanta to Dallas flight on July 9.