A monkeypox infection (same family as smallpox) was confirmed on Tuesday in a Maryland resident who recently traveled to Nigeria.
“The Maryland Department of Health, in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a Maryland resident recently returned from Nigeria.” more ️ @wjz pic.twitter.com/8NL42Mxhs1
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“Public health authorities have identified and are continuing to contact those who may have been in contact with the person diagnosed,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH’s deputy public health secretary, said in a statement. “Our response in close coordination with (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.”
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Cases of human monkeypox infections are rare outside Central and West African countries.
A single case of monkeypox virus infection was confirmed on Tuesday in a Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria.
Maryland health officials said it has mild symptoms, is currently recovering in isolation and has not been hospitalized.
MDH said Monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but generally causes a milder infection. It can be spread between people through direct contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids, or contaminated materials such as clothing or bedding. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets that generally travel no more than a few feet, requiring prolonged face-to-face contact.
MDH said illness usually starts 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. The individuals identified as potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for monkey pox symptoms for 21 days after exposure, MDH said.
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