CDC warns American Airlines passengers may be infected with monkeypox
The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert after a Texan resident returned home from Nigeria while infected with the human monkeypox virus. Now in isolation at a Dallas hospital, the passenger traveled from Lagos to Dallas via Atlanta ten days ago.
A rare but dangerous disease emerges in Dallas
Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease. The virus results in a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes. It can then develop into a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. The disease is more common in parts of West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says infection with this strain of monkeypox is fatal in about 1 in 100 people.
“Although this case is rare, it is not a cause for concern, and we do not expect any threat to the general public,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says in a statement. The CDC is coordinating with airlines and relevant health officials to contact airline passengers and others who may have had contact with the patient during two flights.
Monkeypox stands on a transcontinental flight
This is the first case of monkeypox to be discovered in the United States in 18 years. However, neither the CDC nor Texas health officials release flight information. Authorities confirm that the passenger left Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on July 8. The flight arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on July 9. The passenger then traveled to Dallas Love Field (DAL) on the plane. same day. A little spying can easily ascertain which airlines and which flights the passenger is likely to have traveled on.
In this case, current requirements for all airline passengers and crew members to wear face masks while flying and at airports have reduced potential infection risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says monkeypox usually spreads between people through respiratory droplets.
“The risk of monkeypox spreading via respiratory droplets to others on board and at airports is thought to be low,” The CDC says in a statement.
“We are a short flight away from any global infectious disease,Dallas Health Officer Dr. Philip Huang warns. However, Dr. Huang appears comfortable with stopping a potential monkeypox outbreak before it spreads within the United States.
COVID-safe practices help reduce risks from other illnesses
While the coronavirus makes headlines, a whole host of exotic and potentially dangerous diseases regularly cause international flights Requiring passengers and crew to wear face masks in nearly all jurisdictions around the world prevents many of these airborne diseases from spreading As fast as it used to be.
Aside from influenza, tuberculosis is one of the most common airborne diseases. The increased attention to hygiene on board and the cleaning of planes is also helping to combat a range of infectious diseases that are now largely overshadowed by COVID.
“The number of people using international air travel is increasing,” says the World Health Organization. “Many outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as staph food poisoning, measles, influenza, etc., have been documented after exposure inside a commercial airliner. Likewise, exposure to infectious tuberculosis on board commercial aircraft is a real concern for both passengers and crew members.”
The injured passenger is in stable condition and remains in a Dallas hospital.