Virus outbreak: Third case of monkeypox confirmed in Houston area, officials say – KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The city of Houston confirmed the third case of monkeypox on Saturday.

The video shown above is from a previous report.

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The Houston Health Department said a Houston resident who recently traveled abroad is positive.

Officials said there was no known connection between the previously reported residents.

The resident got symptoms after returning from the trip and has a mild illness.

The patient also did not need hospitalization and is in home isolation. Privacy laws prohibit the department from disclosing personal information or further details.

Epidemiologists from the ward will address individuals who had direct close contact with the ward while they were contagious.

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Smallpox usually starts as a flu-like illness such as fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills and exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.

One to three days after the onset of fever, a rash develops – often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

According to the Houston Health Department, monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily among humans without close, personal skin-to-skin contact.

It can also spread from person to person through prolonged face-to-face contact or close contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Contact with objects such as clothing or bedding that have previously been touched by a rash or body fluids is another way in which monkeypox spreads.

The disease lasts two to four weeks. It can spread from the onset of symptoms to complete healing of the rash and the formation of a fresh layer of skin.

People planning international travel can review the CDC’s current recommendations for monkeypox and other infectious diseases for their intended destinations at their website.

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