- The case was identified in a Dallas resident who recently returned from Nigeria.
- The resident was hospitalized but remains in stable condition.
What is monkeypox?
What are monkeypox symptoms?
Symptoms for monkeypox in humans are similar to smallpox, although they tend to be milder. The virus causes people’s lymph nodes to swell, according to the CDC. It takes between seven and 14 days for the infection to create symptoms, which last about five to 21 days.
Symptoms of monkeypox include:
- Muscle ache
- Swollen lymph nodes
Is monkeypox deadly?
- Yes, at least in Africa. According to the CDC, “monkeypox has been shown to cause death in as many as 1 in 10 persons who contract the disease.”
Are you at risk for monkeypox?
- “While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm, and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” he said.
Similarly, Dr. Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, told The New York Times that the county has been working with state and federal officials to understand the potential of the virus’ spread.
- “We have determined that there is very little risk to the general public,” Huang told The New York Times. “This is another demonstration of the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure, as we are only a plane ride away from any global infectious disease.”
Is there a monkeypox vaccine?
According to the CDC, there was a monkeypox outbreak in the United States back in 2003. Some people were advised to take the smallpox vaccine to deal with the outbreak. The vaccine was used on people who were in outbreaks.