Posted by Timige, On 9 Dec, 2021 | Updated On 9 Dec, 2021 No Comments »
The state health department is warning that a Maryland resident who just returned from Nigeria has monkeypox, a viral infection in the same family as smallpox.
The person has mild symptoms, is recovering in isolation, and hasn’t been hospitalized, said the Maryland Department of Health.
Monkeypox generally causes a milder infection than smallpox, according to the health department. It can be spread through direct contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids, or contaminated materials like clothes or linens. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets which generally can’t travel more than a few feet, and it requires prolonged face-to-face contact.
The health department said the general public doesn’t need to follow any special precautions.
Monkeypox, which mostly occurs in central and western Africa, starts with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes, and progresses to a widespread rash. Most infections last two to four weeks.
MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement:
Public health authorities have identified and continue to follow up with those who may have been in contact with the diagnosed individual. Our response in close coordination with CDC officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.
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