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Monkeypox case in Texas

 Monkeypox case in Texas:

 

First time in nearly 20 years, US reports monkey pox case in Texas resident. A rare case of monkeypox was detected in a US resident who had recently travelled from Nigeria, making it the first recorded case of the viral infection in the country since 2003, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

 

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, it has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus.

 

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that occurs mostly in remote parts of Central and West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus lives in animals, including primates and rodents, but it can sometimes "jump" from animals to people. It typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two-four weeks. The virus spreads from person to person mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets, which can enter the body through mucous membranes in the eyes, mouth and nose. In addition, monkeypox can also be transmitted when a person has contact with infected lesions or body fluids; indirectly, a person can catch monkeypox from contact with contaminated clothing or linens.

 

Source:

 

https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/first-time-in-20-years-us-reports-monkeypox-in-texas-resident-1829285-2021-07-17

 

https://www.livemint.com/science/health/rare-monkeypox-virus-found-in-us-all-about-this-potentially-serious-illness-11626586556704.html

 

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0716-confirm-monkeypox.html

 

https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/first-time-in-20-years-us-reports-monkeypox-in-texas-resident-1829285-2021-07-17

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/rare-case-monkeypox-found-texas-resident-who-had-traveled-internationally-n1274163