A Dallas, Texas, resident who recently returned from Nigeria has tested positive for monkeypox, a rare virus similar to smallpox, local officials said Friday. Though this is the first confirmed case of the virus in the U.S. since 2003, officials said the public should not be concerned. This is the first reported case of monkeypox in Dallas County, according to the health department's statement. Despite past incidences of the virus, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Phillip Huang said there's no reason to worry. "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."
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