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Virus Outbreak: 3rd case of monkeypox confirmed in Houston area, officials say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The city of Houston confirmed its third case of monkeypox on Saturday.

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The Houston Department of Health said a Houston resident with recent international travel tested positive.

There is no known link between any of the previously reported residents, officials said.

The resident developed symptoms after returning from the trip and is suffering from a mild illness.

The resident did not have to be hospitalized and is in isolation at home. Data protection laws prohibit the department from disclosing personal information or other details.

The department’s epidemiologists will reach out to people who had direct close contact with the resident during the infection.

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Monkeypox typically begins as a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills and fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.

A rash develops one to three days after the onset of the fever, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

According to the Houston Department of Health, monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close, personal skin-to-skin contact.

It can also spread from person to person through prolonged personal contact or close contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Contact with objects, such as clothing or bedding, that previously touched the rash or bodily fluids is another way of spreading monkeypox.

The illness lasts two to four weeks. It can spread from the time symptoms begin until the rash has completely healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

Individuals planning international travel can view the CDC’s current recommendations for monkeypox and other communicable diseases for their intended travel destinations on their website.

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