“A Dallas resident who recently flew back home from Nigeria has been hospitalized with monkeypox, health officials said Friday, marking the first case of the rare disease in the United States since a 2003 outbreak—which is not expected this time.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials, the patient has a strain of monkeypox most common in west Africa, and it’s not believed others who may have come into contact with the patient while traveling are at high risk of catching the infectious disease.
“The patient flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8 and took a flight from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9, according to the CDC.
“Monkeypox is a rare and potentially serious disease usually found in central and western Africa that causes flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a rash that can appear similar to chickenpox.”
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