U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detects monkeypox cases in Nigerian travelers


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that a U.S. resident in Texas who recently returned from Nigeria has discovered a rare case of monkeypox.

this is Disclosure The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report on Friday. They added that the person is in hospital in Dallas.

What does the CDC say

“CDC is working with airlines and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with patients on two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8th, July 9th Arrival; on July 9th Atlanta flew to Dallas.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, passengers on these flights as well as passengers at US airports must wear masks. Therefore, it is believed that the risk of monkeypox being transmitted to other people on airplanes and airports through respiratory droplets is low. CDC is working with airlines, state and local health partners to assess the potential risks of those who may have close contact with passengers on airplanes and in certain environments,” They said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease that usually starts with flu-like illness and swollen lymph nodes, and then progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body.

They added that most infections last for 2-4 weeks because monkeypox and smallpox belong to the same virus family, but the infection is milder.

In this case, CDC’s laboratory tests showed that the patient was infected with a monkeypox strain most commonly found in parts of West Africa, including Nigeria. Infection by this monkeypox strain is fatal to approximately 1 in 100 people. However, people with weaker immune systems may have a higher incidence.“They said.

About the background of the disease

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most monkeypox outbreaks occur in Africa. In addition to Nigeria, nine other countries in Central Africa and West Africa have also reported outbreaks since 1970.

“After the virus spread from imported African rodents to pet marmots, monkeypox also caused a large-scale outbreak in the American population in 2003,” They said.

They added that since 2017, CDC’s poxvirus experts have been supporting the investigation and response to the monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria, when the disease reappeared in Nigeria nearly 40 years later.

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