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Monkeypox – International Traveler, Possible Exposure of Contacts in Atlanta, Dallas

Monkeypox – International Traveler, Possible Exposure of Contacts in Atlanta, Dallas
In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient’s hand, May 27, 2003. Photo: Getty Images/ Courtesy of CDC

Update to MonkeyPox News Coverage and an Editorial Comment: We should all take an interest in understand the nature of viruses, the dangers these present, how we can protect ourselves, and what should or should not be allowed among nations related to research involving these. For as much tragedy as SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19 have inflicted on the human community, this is likely just the beginning. Awareness and education alongside political action and policy influence are important lines of defense.

Posted at The Better India: “Explained: What Is the Monkey B Virus That Claimed a Life? Should You Be Worried?”

“The Monkey B virus is found among the macaque monkeys. This virus can spread from infected macaques to people.”

Posted at One America News Network: “Rare Case Of Monkeypox Detected In Dallas, Texas”

“Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms….”

Posted at The Washington Times: “CDC, Texas officials confirm case of human monkeypox in a U.S. resident” By Shen Wu Tan

“The CDC said it is trying to contact airline passengers and others who might have had contact with the patient during two flights: from Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta on July 8, and from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.”

Editorial Comment: Although public health officials say that the risk of transmission is low, the incubation period may be a couple weeks. With this in mind, it’s wise to remain aware and cautious. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about other viral dangers. The more we learn, the better equipped we will be to monitor and guard ourselves, and to more effectively discern an accurate picture of risk.

Recommended Reading…

The Hot Zone : The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
by Richard Preston
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

The Demon in the Freezer : A True Story
by Richard Preston
“The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines.”–Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy
The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with “hot” agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense.

Crisis in the Red Zone : The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Viruses to Come
by Richard Preston
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – An urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses and a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, told through the story of the deadly 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic.
This time, Ebola started with a two-year-old child who likely had contact with a wild creature and whose entire family quickly fell ill and died. The ensuing global drama activated health professionals in North America, Europe, and Africa in a desperate race against time to contain the viral wildfire. By the end–as the virus mutated into its deadliest form, and spread farther and faster than ever before–30,000 people would be infected, and the dead would be spread across eight countries on three continents.

HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing else I can do”. There’s a lot you can do. Let’s get started.

Stay the course. Stay well. Be safe everyone!

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