- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that there has been a second confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States this year.
- According to the Maryland Department of Health, authorities are currently following up with potentially exposed people.
- More health news here.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health confirmed that a second case of monkeypox has been discovered this year in the United States.
In a press release by the Maryland Department of Health, it was revealed that a Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria is the second person this year in the U.S. to be diagnosed with monkeypox virus infection.
“Public health authorities have identified and continue to follow up with those who may have been in contact with the diagnosed individual,“ said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan. “Our response in close coordination with CDC officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.”
The individual was reported to have presented with mild symptoms, is currently recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized.
On Wednesday, the CDC issued its own press release regarding the case of monkeypox found in Maryland.
CDC is working with international health counterparts, the airline, and state and local health officials in the Washington, DC area to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient.
Travelers on the flight to the United States were required to wear masks on the plane as well as in the U.S. airports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it’s believed the risk of spread of Monkeypox virus via respiratory droplets to others on the planes is low. Working with airline and state and local health partners, CDC is assessing potential risks to those who may have had close contact with the traveler on the plane and after their arrival in the United States.
CDC asks healthcare providers in the U.S. to be vigilant to poxvirus-like lesions, particularly among travelers returning from Nigeria. Because of the health risks associated with a single case of monkeypox, clinicians should report suspected cases immediately to state or local public health authorities regardless of whether they are also exploring other potential diagnoses.
Maryland health authorities have stated that “no special precautions are recommended at this time for the general public.”
Maryland officially has a case of monkeypox after a resident recently returned from a trip abroad. Officials say the individual is doing OK https://t.co/n2Kd8TtSYl
— 7News DC (@7NewsDC) November 17, 2021
Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 in laboratory monkeys and is in the same family of viruses as smallpox.
The CDC says the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox, beginning with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. It also causes the swelling of lymph nodes and within one to three days (sometimes longer) following the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.
This rash causes lesions which progress from macules to papules to vesicles to pustules and to scabs before finally falling off the patient.
It usually lasts two to four weeks.
The CDC has stated that individuals infected with this particular strain of monkeypox are fatal in about 1 in 100 people, though it may be higher in those with compromised immune systems.
Reactions on social media to this news, following two exhausting years of having to deal with a pandemic that still hasn’t come to an end, were understandable.
New pandemic just dropped— Wally McBorder 🧱 (@WallyMcBorder) November 18, 2021
"No special precautions are recommended at this time for the general public."— aarn (@ofk_aaron) November 17, 2021
Heard that before.
STop already. Just StOp! ppfftts— 🦓☮🏍zebrider (@zebrarider98) November 18, 2021
How many masks should we wear?— Sparkle Patriot 2 (@patriot_sparkle) November 18, 2021
There’s going to be a run on toilet paper and bananas, isn’t there?— Bryan Rivera (@weekoldsushi) November 18, 2021
Then make monkeys wear masks and quarantine for two weeks.— John Kerry's Sugar Momma (@Disinfo00451944) November 18, 2021
Can you get it by accepting money from a Nigerian prince over the phone?— BK Adams (@BKAdams23) November 18, 2021
Pandemic time. Karen's on full alert. Triple mask or die.— #letsgobrandon 🇺🇲 🐘 (@seriesgraysti) November 17, 2021