CDC now monitoring ‘over 200 individuals in 27 states’ for monkeypox

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BONDUA, LIBERIA – UNDATED: In this 1971 Center For Disease Control handout photo, monkeypox-like lesions are shown on the arm and leg of a female child in Bondua, Liberia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said June 7 the viral disease monkeypox, thought to be spread by prairie dogs, has been detected in the Americas for the first time with about 20 cases reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. (Photo Courtesy of the CDC/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C (BRPROUD) – A case of “human monkeypox” was confirmed last week in Texas.

Almost a week later and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing an update on the monkeypox virus in the United States.

Since the original monkeypox diagnosis in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring “over 200 individuals in 27 states and a few other countries.”

The individuals being observed either know they were around the monkeypox patient or were on the same flights as the man.

At the moment, none of the individuals being monitored is considered high risk.

The CDC stresses that the risk to everyone else is still low.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the signs and symptoms to look out for:

The illness begins with:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • 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.

If you have any questions about how to keep from being infected with the monkeypox virus, visit CDC Prevention.

At the moment, there is no safe treatment for anyone who has contracted the monkeypox.

It has been over 50 years since the first case of monkeypox was diagnosed, according to the CDC.

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