CDC now monitoring ‘over 200 individuals in 27 states’ for monkeypox


FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. President Barack Obama will travel next week to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

WASHINGTON (WVLA) – A week after a Texas man was confirmed to have monkeypox after traveling overseas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring dozens of people who may have come in contact with him.

Since the original monkeypox diagnosis in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring “over 200 individuals in 27 states and a few other countries.”

The patient flew into Atlanta, Georgia on July 9 from Lagos, Nigeria, and then went on to Dallas. He was admitted to a hospital in Dallas.

The individuals being observed either know they were around the monkeypox patient or were on the same flights as the man.

None of the individuals being monitored is considered high risk and so far no additional cases have been found.

The CDC stresses that the risk to everyone else is low.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the signs and symptoms to look out for:

The illness begins with:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.

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BONDUA, LIBERIA – UNDATED: In this 1971 Center For Disease Control handout photo, monkeypox-like lesions are shown on the arm and leg of a female child in Bondua, Liberia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said June 7 the viral disease monkeypox, thought to be spread by prairie dogs, has been detected in the Americas for the first time with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. (Photo Courtesy of the CDC/Getty Images)

If you have any questions about how to keep from being infected with the monkeypox virus, visit CDC Prevention.

At the moment, there is no safe treatment for anyone who has contracted monkeypox.

It has been over 50 years since the first case of monkeypox was diagnosed, according to the CDC.

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