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US CDC investigating Nigerian traveller with Monkeypox

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The United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC,  on Friday said the Center and authorities in Dallas are investigating a passenger from Nigeria who entered the country with Monkeypox.

The CDC said they had confirmed the traveler flew while infected but that there is no proof that other passengers in the flight were infected.

Dr Philip Huang, Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services in a statement said: “The individual is a City of Dallas resident who traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, arriving at Love Field airport on July 9, 2021. The person is hospitalized in Dallas and is in stable condition.”

“We have been working closely with the CDC and DSHS (the Texas Department of State Health Services) and have conducted interviews with the patient and close contacts that were exposed.”

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The CDC said they have commenced contact tracing of passengers in the flight that took off from Lagos on July 8th.

“CDC is working with the airline and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with arrival on July 9; and Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

“Travellers on these flights were required to wear masks as well as in the U.S. airports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Therefore, it’s believed the risk of the spread of monkeypox via respiratory droplets to others on planes and in airports is low.

“Working with airline and state and local health partners, CDC is assessing potential risks to those who may have had close contact with the traveler on the plane and specific settings.” The CDC said.

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