October 4, 2022
Monkeypox case reported in Texas, patient traveled internationally

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A monkeypox case has been reported in Dallas County, the local health and human services department reported Tuesday. That patient, who lives in Dallas, had traveled internationally within the last month, the department said in a release.

Public health officials say they’ve already identified people who made close contact with the infected person and will also be working with the airline to contact people “on board a flight from Mexico to Dallas” who may have been near the person.

“We have been working closely with the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services and have conducted interviews with the patient and close contacts,” said DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang. “We have determined that there is little known risk to the general public at this time.”

Monkeypox is typically transmitted through contact with sores, scabs or body fluids. It can also be spread by prolonged face-to-face contact and intimate contact, according to DCHHS.

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