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Monkeypox in Houston: What are the signs?

Monkeypox is uncommon and it sometimes begins as a flu-like sickness resembling fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, chills and exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.

HOUSTON — The Houston Health Department right now introduced a confirmed monkeypox an infection in a Houston resident who had not too long ago traveled internationally.

It’s the first case of monkeypox confirmed right here and solely the second identified case in Texas.

Editor’s notice: The above video initially aired on May 20.

The Houston affected person developed signs after getting back from a visit and is experiencing a light sickness, in keeping with the well being division. The resident didn’t require hospitalization and is isolating at house. 

No different particulars have been launched due to privateness legal guidelines.

Epidemiologists with the well being division will attain out to individuals who had direct shut contact with the particular person whereas infectious.

Monkeypox sometimes begins as a flu-like sickness resembling fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, chills and exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. One to 3 days after the look of fever, a rash develops — usually starting on the face then spreading to different components of the physique.

The risk of monkeypox to Houston stays low. Monkeypox is uncommon and doesn’t unfold simply between folks with out shut, personal, skin-to-skin contact.

It can also unfold from individual to individual via extended face-to-face contact or shut contact with the infectious rash, scabs or physique fluids. 

Contact with gadgets resembling clothes or linens that beforehand touched the rash or physique fluids is one other method monkeypox spreads.

The sickness lasts two to 4 weeks. It can unfold from the time signs begin till the rash absolutely heals and a contemporary layer of pores and skin has fashioned.

The solely different confirmed case in Texas was a Dallas man who had traveled to Berlin, Germany after which to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

When he started reporting signs there he refused to isolate and returned to Texas anyway, in keeping with well being officers in Mexico. He reportedly returned to Dallas on June 4.

 

People planning worldwide journey can overview the CDC’s present suggestions for monkeypox and different communicable illnesses for his or her meant locations at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.

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