UPDATED 8:21 AM PT – Sunday, July 18, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed a case of monkeypox in Texas. On Friday, the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a Dallas resident had tested positive for the illness after traveling from Nigeria.
Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses to a widespread rash on both the face and body. The unidentified patient is being hospitalized in isolation and is currently in stable condition.
The infection is known to last anywhere from two to four weeks, and is fatal in about 1 in 100 people.
In the meantime, health officials are monitoring the situation closely and have determined there is very little risk to the general public.