As the delta mutation from India of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading in the United States, even patients with the rare infectious disease monkey smallpox virus are increasing, increasing anxiety.
When infected with the monkey smallpox virus, symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, and headache appeared. It can also cause rashes and spots on the face and body.
The Washington Post reported on the 17th (local time) that a resident who visited Nigeria had contracted the monkey pox virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the infected person arrived at Dallas Love Field Airport on the 9th via Atlanta on a Delta Airlines flight from Lagos, Nigeria on the 8th.
Health officials in Dallas, Texas, are verifying the identity of the airline staff passengers who came in contact with the patient during the process. The patient is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment, and his condition is said to be stable.
Investigations revealed that the patient developed a rash just before leaving Nigeria, but got worse after arriving in Dallas. As a result of visiting the hospital on the 13th and receiving treatment, it was revealed that he was infected with the ‘monkey pox virus’. At the time, the patient had a rash on the face and body.
Monkey smallpox virus is worrisome because its mortality rate is as high as 10%. This means that 1 in 10 people will die if they become infected with this virus.
Authorities said, however, that unlike COVID-19, asymptomatic individuals do not appear to have the ability to transmit the virus to others.
The monkey smallpox virus was first identified in 1958 by monkey researchers. In 1970, the first human infection was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, mainly from central and western Africa. In 2003, the virus was introduced into the United States and infected 47 people. The fatality rate is known to be around 10%.
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