The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed late Tuesday that a Maryland patient came with the second case of monkeypox in the United States this year.
The CDC said in a statement on Wednesday that the patient had recently returned from traveling in Nigeria, and that the agency is working with state, local and international health officials as well as the airline to notify passengers and anyone else who may have been contacted. the infected person.
Because the flight forced all passengers to wear masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC said scientists believe the risk of monkeypox spreading through the plane through respiratory droplets is “low.”
The patient developed mild symptoms and was not hospitalized, but is currently isolated, according to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
“Our response in close coordination with CDC officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure,” MDH Deputy Secretary of Public Health Jinlene Chan said in a statement.
This is not the first case of monkeypox to appear in the United States this year. In July, a Texas resident who traveled to Nigeria fell with monkeypox, according to The Hill.
According to the CDC, monkeypox is a “rare but possibly serious” disease where people who suffer from the disease develop flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes before exploding in a rash through the body.
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