It is safe to say that the world is on fire right now. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the new delta variant just around the corner, you’d think we wouldn’t have any other problems. Right?
The US health officials are currently looking for signs of a possible outbreak of monkeypox.
A patient was being treated for monkeypox in Texas after he got home from Nigeria. The officials are now monitoring more than 200 individuals who had direct contact with the traveler. All of these people spread across 27 states and other foreign countries. They were all on the same plane back home. Before getting to Dallas, on the 9th of July, he stopped in Atlanta.
However, none of these persons are at high risk, and none of them has monkeypox.
As of now, there are no treatments for monkeypox. This disease comes with symptoms such as headache, fever, backache, muscle ache, chills, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes.
The history of monkeypox
The first case is dated back to 1970, in Africa, and it was last found in 47 people, back in 2003. The illness can be fatal in 1% to 10% of the cases, and especially to those who already have a weak immune system – they are at the highest risk.
Monkeypox is caused by a virus that’s related to smallpox. As you probably already know, smallpox is the only virus that has been eradicated. Monkeypox is not as severe as smallpox, but it is still dangerous. But, luckily, it is rarely seen in humans.