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Monkeypox: First Texas case of viral disease in 2022, found in Dallas-bound traveler who had flown in from Mexico

DALLAS, Texas (KTRK) — A person who was flown into Dallas from Mexico has been confirmed as the first case of monkeypox in Texas this year, the Texas Department of Health said on Tuesday.

The patient is isolating at home, and state health officials say some Dallas people who may have been exposed are monitoring themselves for symptoms of infection.

The video above is from an earlier report of the first case of monkeypox in the US earlier this year.

Texas DSHS affirmed that the disease poses no risk to the general public at this time. Still, the state agency said public health officials are reaching out to passengers who may have been exposed to the patient for instructions on how to monitor themselves for symptoms.

World health authorities have observed an outbreak of the viral disease. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control counted 30 confirmed cases since last month. The 302 cases in the UK represent the highest proportion of the more than 1,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

The state said it is working with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC to investigate the individual case.

This is not the first experience of monkeypox in the Dallas area. A case surfaced in July 2021.

According to the Texas DSHS, monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal. It can also be transmitted from person to person through inhalation of large respiratory droplets or through close contact with bodily fluids and lesions, as well as bedding and other contaminated materials. Those infected may experience fever, a rash, and swollen lymph nodes, as well as more serious complications.

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