More Than 200 People in 27 States Now Being Monitored for Monkeypox: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now monitoring more than 200 people in 27 U.S. states for potentially being exposed to monkeypox after their contacts were traced to a Texas resident who contracted the rare illness while traveling in West Africa several weeks ago. Late last week, the Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the Texas case, saying it’s the first-ever time the monkeypox virus has been seen in the Lone Star State. The virus was discovered in a Dallas resident who went to Nigeria and arrived at Love Field Airport on July 9, officials said, adding that the unnamed individual is hospitalized in stable condition. Now, the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases is working to follow up with more than 200 people in 27 states, said Andrea McCollum, who leads the poxvirus epidemiology unit within the agency, according to medical news website Stat News. …

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