Rare monkeypox case reported in Maryland

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A Maryland resident who not too long ago returned to the nation on a flight from Nigeria has examined constructive for monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. It is the second confirmed case of the uncommon illness in the U.S. since an outbreak contaminated 43 folks in 2003. 

The contaminated individual is experiencing delicate signs. They usually are not hospitalized however stay in isolation in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health said in a press launch. The CDC stated lab exams confirmed the case is similar pressure of the virus that has been re-emerging in Nigeria since 2017. The Nigerian pressure is mostly much less extreme, the state’s well being division stated.

“Public health authorities have identified and continue to follow up with those who may have been in contact with the diagnosed individual,” deputy secretary for public well being at Maryland’s Department of Health Dr. Jinlene Chan stated in a statement. “Our response in close coordination with CDC officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.”

While the illness can unfold by respiratory droplets, the CDC stated the chance is low since passengers on the flight with the contaminated individual have been required to put on masks. The state well being division stated that no particular precautions for most of the people are really helpful. 

Monkeypox virus

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Monkeypox, which is in the identical household of viruses as smallpox, is a really uncommon however doubtlessly lethal viral an infection that begins with flu-like signs and progresses to a rash on the physique, in response to the CDC. The illness sometimes lasts two to 4 weeks. It can be unfold by direct contact with bodily fluids or pores and skin lesions, or by contaminated supplies akin to mattress sheets. Those who don’t current signs usually are not able to transmitting the virus. 

U.S. healthcare suppliers are urged by the CDC to be looking out for poxvirus-like lesions on folks, particularly amongst vacationers coming back from central or western Africa. The CDC stated clinicians ought to report suspected instances of monkeypox instantly to the suitable well being authorities.

Prior to this case, human monkeypox infections have solely been documented on six totally different events exterior of Africa, in response to the CDC. 

In July, a Dallas, Texas, resident who had not too long ago returned from Nigeria examined constructive for monkeypox in the primary confirmed case in the nation since an outbreak nearly 20 years in the past. More than 200 individuals who have been in doable contact with the contaminated individual have been requested to observe their well being for 21 days following the analysis. After the monitoring interval ended, no further instances have been recognized, the CDC stated. 

In 2003, 47 folks fell in poor health after imported African rodents contaminated prairie canine with monkeypox, which subsequently contaminated people, the CDC stated. It was the primary time people had been contaminated exterior of Africa. The outbreak led authorities officers to go looking throughout 15 states for contaminated prairie canine. As a outcome, importing African rodents into the U.S. was banned.

Tori B. Powell

Tori B. Powell is a breaking information reporter at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]