The CDC is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states at potential exposure to monkeypox, after coming into contact with a Texan who contracted the rare disease in Nigeria earlier this month.
According to the website, state and local health officials are working with the Fed to monitor individuals who were in contact with the monkeypox patient and follow up with them daily until July 30.
The CDC said the patient traveled from Lagos to Dallas in Atlanta on July 8 and 9, about a week before being diagnosed with the rare bug, which can be transmitted through respiratory droplets and body fluids.
Those being monitored, according to the article, include passengers who are sitting within six feet of the patient or using mid-cabin bathrooms on a foreign flight.
The outlet reported that airline employees and family members are also being assessed for possible exposure to the virus, which has an incubation period of three to 17 days.
“It’s a lot of people,” said epidemiologist Andrea McCollum of the National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases.
“We’re in that time frame where we definitely want to monitor people closely.”
Officials told the website that there was no danger to the passengers sitting next to the infected person on the home leg of their journey.
“We define indirect contact as being within six feet of a patient in the absence of an N-95 or a filtering respirator,” McCollum reportedly said.
This bug causes a rash with fever, chills, swollen glands, and pus-filled blisters all over the body.
According to the report, cases outside West Africa are rare, and outbreaks have not been seen in the US since 2003, when 47 confirmed and probable cases were traced to shipments of infected exotic animals.
The Texas case comes after three confirmed cases of the disease linked to a Nigerian worker were found in the UK. cdc data.
In 2018, three people in England, all of whom had traveled to Nigeria, contracted the virus, which has a 10 percent mortality rate in Africa, the CDC noted.
The disease was first discovered in 1958, when there was an outbreak in monkey colonies CDC.