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CDC Issues Warning About Monkeypox-Infected Air-Passenger Traveling Through Atlanta

CDC Issues Warning About Monkeypox-Infected Air-Passenger Traveling Through Atlanta

Dallas resident is reported to have Texas’ first-ever case of monkeypox.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning that a U.S resident who visited Nigeria before heading home has become the first reported case of monkeypox in the country. The man, who remains unidentified, traveled through Atlanta’s busy airport before returning to Texas.

The CDC says the traveler left Lagos, Nigeria on July 8, arriving in Atlanta on early on July 9. After a layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, the traveler continued on to Dallas later on the 9th. The traveler is currently in a Dallas hospital.

CDC investigators have not released a description of the traveler and are working with airline, state and local health officials to contact passengers or others who might have come in contact with the patient during the trip.

Investigators say mask policies put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic likely limited other traveler’s exposure to the virus, which is also a respiratory virus.

Anyone identified as a close contact with this passenger will be monitored for symptoms over the next 21 days.

Local officials indicate that the lone case of monkeypox posed little risk to the public.

“While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said city officials had been in communication with county health officials about the case.

“We have confidence in the federal, state and local medical professionals who are working to ensure that this virus is contained and that the patient is treated with the utmost care,” Johnson said in a written statement.

And while it may be the first Texas case, there there was a 2003 monkeypox outbreak in this country.

Monkeypox — so named because it was first identified in laboratory monkeys — occurs mostly in Central and Western Africa, although it caused an outbreak in the United States in 2003 after it spread from imported African rodents to pet prairie dogs, the C.D.C. said.

During that outbreak, 47 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were identified in six states, the C.D.C. said. Those who were infected reported symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches and rash. No deaths were reported.

Monkeypox is so named because it was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during the campaign to eradicate the far deadlier smallpox in the region. Since then, monkeypox has been reported in humans in other central and western African countries.

However, it must be noted that while symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox, there are reports that up to one in 10 people die after infection.

Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not.

…Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.

The virus can spread between people through bodily fluids, sores or items contaminated with bodily fluids, but it is more commonly spread through large respiratory droplets. There is one vaccine that is available, which is used for both smallpox and monkeypox (used for researchers who would work with monkeys).

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Comments

just how close was his contact with the monkeys

The Friendly Grizzly | July 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm

A brand new crisis. Yay.

2smartforlibs | July 17, 2021 at 4:48 pm

Seems WuFlu isn’t our greatest threat.

    txvet2 in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 17, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    The Chinese and Fauci haven’t gotten a chance to work on it yet.

      Fauci… Speaking of monkeys.

      I know of an entire family who has gotten all the shots, and they’re all sick with what seems like Covid or the ‘Delta’ varient.

      Hopefully Biden and Harris get the Monkeypox and they infect everyone around the, the FBI, the CIA and the Miley gang.

      Btw, as its turning out, Trump won the election. Biden and Harris are fraudulently in office – meaning everyone in their administration is fraudulently in office.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 17, 2021 at 5:03 pm

What’s the over and under on WND, CFP, or Daily Wire having headlines about this being a manufactured event to distract from the vote fraud news?

NavyMustang | July 17, 2021 at 5:58 pm

““While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.”

Hmmmm. Where oh where have I heard this before?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to NavyMustang. | July 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Two weeks to flatten the boils!

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to NavyMustang. | July 17, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Well, for all you World Health Organization (WHO) and viral fear porn fans out there, read this.

    https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/9/19-242347.pdf

    It basically says monkeypox has epidemic potential. It was controlled by the smallpox vaccination program. But as that vaccination program is now long-ended, a smaller percentage of people now have immunity from vaccine induced immunity, the incidence of the disease is growing, and vaccine induced immunity may now be low enough to give it an R of greater than 1.

    “…crude estimates show that residual orthopoxvirus immunity, in countries where natural exposure to orthopoxvirus species is negligible, may have already fallen in the range of 10–25%, which corresponds to R in the range of 1.10–2.40 (Fig. 1). This value suggests that monkeypox could establish itself as an endemic disease in such settings, starting from imported human or animal cases.”

Albigensian | July 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm

If it’s anywhere near as infectious as smallpox (which insanely infective) then it’s hardly “little risk.”

How infectious is it?

    “Infectious” refers to how easily it spreads, not how deadly it is. The common cold is highly infectious; what it isn’t, is dangerous.

      Milwaukee in reply to McGehee. | July 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      The report fatality in……one in ten cases….
      That sounds serious.

        rjdriver in reply to Milwaukee. | July 18, 2021 at 9:09 am

        The author left out the fact that the 1 in 10 death statistic is from cases in Africa. I think you can easily make the case that sanitary conditions, as well as the quality and availability of medical care there are generally not the same as say, in the US or Europe. The 2003 outbreak in the US of 47 cases had no deaths.

    madisonian_123 in reply to Albigensian. | July 17, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    It doesn’t appear to spread human-to-human very easily, but it is transmissible that way. So, short of this being something brand new, it is not very infectious.

“Investigators say mask policies put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic likely limited other traveler’s exposure to the virus, which is also a respiratory virus.”

See? The maskholes were right all along. Think of all the times the mask has saved your life and you didn’t even know it. There’s no justifiable reason to ever stop wearing a mask.

    henrybowman in reply to Ripper70. | July 17, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Or to open the pod bay doors.

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | July 17, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      Quarantine of international travelers might be helpful. Certainly after the last 18 months the public health backing no matter how stupid the idea, slobbering fascists can’t object at this point to something that would actually protect the public.

        Valerie in reply to CommoChief. | July 18, 2021 at 12:15 am

        International travelers tend to be rich. It might be hard to quarantine them, although less so than before zoom.

        Skiers brought COVID-19 from Italy to Colorado.

          CommoChief in reply to Valerie. | July 18, 2021 at 11:12 am

          Hard? No Inconvenient? Sure Unpopular? Sure. Political pressure brought to bear against a quarantine policy? Absolutely.

          But hard? Nope. ‘All passengers step this way for screening and room assignments’; says the guy with the armed detail. Not hard at all.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | July 17, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      I’m sorry, I can’t do that, Henry.

    geronl in reply to Ripper70. | July 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    COVID or not, I’d probably wear a biohazard suit visiting some countries.

From bat fever to monkeypox.

Nature is so cuddly!

    henrybowman in reply to McGehee. | July 17, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Where did AIDS come from, again? Is there a common thread here?

      Valerie in reply to henrybowman. | July 18, 2021 at 12:13 am

      Yes, there is a common thread. Very large areas of animal habitat have diseases boiling away in wild animal populations. Kinda like leprosy in the United States.

      Oh, you didn’t know about leprosy? It lives in armadillos.

      And prairies dogs have plague.

Baby Lives Don’t Matter. American Lives Don’t Matter. A clear and progressive policy.

Oh, good grief! Maybe God is punishing the world for it’s sins.

International traveler did not get a smallpox vaccine? Why not?

    Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | July 18, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Huh? Nobody gets smallpox vaccines any more. Smallpox has been extinct for decades.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | July 18, 2021 at 5:42 am

      There are some labs with live smallpox germs in storage. Add this to something called “China” and things are not exactly ginger-peachy.

        I don’t think there are any more. Last I heard was about 20 years ago they decided to destroy those samples. The only reason they had kept them so long was so they could start making vaccine if there was ever an outbreak, and they had reached the point where those samples were the only place an outbreak could come from in the first place, so it made more sense to get rid of them.

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Milhouse. | July 18, 2021 at 11:43 am

          The CDC and VECTOR is Russia still hold samples. in 2014 illegally stored samples of the virus were discovered at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. It cannot be entirely ruled out that undeclared or unknown samples are stored outside these two locations, and there have been suspicions every now and then.

          The genome for the various versions of the virus is openly available on the internet. New viral synthesis technology makes synthetic creation a real possibility. Also, there are a great umber of pox virus’s that are natural to other animals and insects, such as this monkeypox and cowpox (vaccinia), which could be used as a platform for genetic modification to create a human viral threat.

          All this gain of function experimentation has pushed the boundaries of what is possible so that people with bad intent, or just morons like Anthony Fauci, could create yet another highly virulent and dangerous microbial lifeform that could kill millions of people and destroy economies.

          Like you said, except for the military, smallpox vaccination programs arcoss the world have long since ended. This is a worry of the monkeypox virus, as it was controlled by the same smallpox vaccine that also gave immunity to this virus, though not as perfectly. Therefore the declining smallpox immunity in the population is worrisome.

      CommoChief in reply to Milhouse. | July 18, 2021 at 11:22 am

      DoD still vaccinate v small pox. Civilian population? You are almost certainly correct.

Covid has been all but beaten, time to hype another disease panic to restrict liberties.

“Investigators say mask policies put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic likely limited other traveler’s exposure to the virus, which is also a respiratory virus”
More of this lie? Masks don’t stop respiratory viruses, period. We shouldn’t require masks on planes or in airport terminals, it’s dumb and pointless.

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