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Monkeypox Virus Discovered In A Maryland Resident Returning From Nigeria

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A single case of the rare monkeypox has been confirmed in Maryland, according to health officials. They are currently attempting to contact anyone who may have been exposed to the rare but contagious virus.

The patient had recently returned to the United States from Nigeria, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). They reportedly had mild symptoms and are currently recovering in isolation but are not in the hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain confirmed in the patient matches one that has been “re-emerging” in Nigeria since 2017, after 40 years of no reported cases. Because travellers are required to wear masks on planes and in airports in the United States due to the pandemic, the risk of monkeypox spreading through respiratory droplets in these locations is “low.

” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), disease transmission via respiratory droplets necessitates “prolonged” face-to-face contact. Nonetheless, the CDC is continuing to investigate the case in collaboration with the MDH and other health partners. It is also collaborating with airlines and international counterparts to contact and assess the risks of anyone with whom the patient may have had close contact on the plane and after their arrival in the United States.

Walmart Increases 2021 Forecasts”Public health authorities have identified and are continuing to follow up with those who may have had contact with the diagnosed individual,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH’s deputy secretary for public health, in a news release. “Our response, which was developed in close collaboration with CDC officials, demonstrates the critical importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.

“Human monkeypox infections are most common in central and western African countries, with “rarely” occurring outside of Africa. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the disease’s re-emergence in Nigeria in 2017, there have been 218 confirmed cases in the country, with an additional eight cases among international travellers, according to the CDC.

“Public health authorities have identified and are continuing to follow up with those who may have had contact with the diagnosed individual,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH’s deputy secretary for public health, in a news release. “Our response, which was developed in close collaboration with CDC officials, demonstrates the critical importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.

CDC: Monkeypox case confirmed in Maryland

“Human monkeypox infections are most common in central and western African countries, with “rarely” occurring outside of Africa. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the disease’s re-emergence in Nigeria in 2017, there have been 218 confirmed cases in the country, with an additional eight cases among international travellers, according to the CDC.

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