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Texas Man Quarantined After Contracting Monkeypox in Nigeria, First Case In The U.S. Since 2003

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A Dallas man is currently under quarantine after he tested positive for monkeypox in Nigeria, the first case in the United States since 2003. 

After his return from Nigeria, the man was placed under quarantine for the disease but Dallas health officials state the public shouldn’t be concerned since it’s a rare virus. 

Monkeypox is similar to smallpox and an infected person can experience flu-like symptoms along with a rash to the face or body.

“While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public. 

It’s believed the risk of spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on the planes and in the airports is low,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Jenkins added that the risk was low due to other passengers wearing their masks on the flight and airport. 

However, those who were on the Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta and Atlanta to Dallas flights are being contacted by the CDC and local health officials about the infected passenger.


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