The health authorities in the United States’ city of Baltimore, Maryland State have announced a single case of monkeypox.
The authorities said the case is a Maryland resident who just came back from Nigeria.
They added that for now the patient is stable and is currently self-isolating away from the hospital.
“Public health authorities have identified and continue to follow up with those who may have been in contact with the diagnosed individual,” Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH deputy secretary for public health, said in a statement.
“Our response in close coordination with (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) officials demonstrates the importance of maintaining a strong public health infrastructure.”
MDH said illness typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, progressing to a widespread rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. The individuals identified as having been potentially exposed to this case will be monitored for symptoms of monkeypox for 21 days after exposure, MDH said.
Human monkeypox infections primarily occur in central and western African countries and have only rarely been documented outside of Africa. Although all strains can cause infection, those circulating in western Africa, where Nigeria is located, generally cause less severe disease.