Monkeypox virus reported in a person who flew from Nigeria to Dallas through Atlanta – The Washington Post

Travelers were required to wear masks on the flights as well as in the U.S. airports because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

“Therefore, it’s believed the risk of spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on the planes and in the airports is low,” the Dallas County statement said.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox but causes a milder infection.

In this case, CDC laboratory testing showed the patient is infected with a strain of monkeypox most commonly seen in parts of West Africa, including Nigeria. Infections with this strain of monkeypox are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, according to a CDC statement. However, rates can be higher in people who have weakened immune systems. Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection.

Source: Monkeypox virus reported in a person who flew from Nigeria to Dallas through Atlanta – The Washington Post