Texas resident hospitalized with rare monkeypox diagnosis 18 years after outbreak in US

USA Today

07-17-2021

A Texas resident who recently traveled from Africa has been hospitalized after catching what the Texas Department of State Health Services believes is the first case of monkeypox in the state, a diagnosis that comes 18 years after the nation's last outbreak of the rare disease. Watch:Health impacts from historic heat waveAsymptomatic individuals can’t spread the virus to others, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services. Passengers on the flights wore face masks while onboard, as well as in the airport due to COVID-19 protocols, diminishing the overall likelihood of spread, according to the release. “While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a press release. 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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