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Border Area ‘On High Alert’ For Monkeypox

The CDC reports there are 72 cases of monkeypox in the United States, including one in Texas.

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — Mexican health officials are reporting the first potential case of monkeypox in the northern border town of Nuevo Laredo, across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.

The Mexican state of Tamaulipas and the local border area now are on high alert and the Mexican government has activated health biosecurity protocols, according to a statement issued by the Tamaulipas Secretary of Health Office.

The Laredo Morning Times reports this is one of three potential cases in Nuevo Laredo.

The other two are family members of the suspected infected patient, a 21-year-old stay-at-home mom who sought medical attention on June 7 at the Mexican Institute of Social Security. All three are being monitored for symptoms.

Symptoms include fever, itching and skin lesions. It can spread through direct contact with the infectious rash or body fluids, or by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Potential monkeypox case detected in Nuevo Laredo

Jorge A. Vela, | June 14, 2022

Laredo [Texas] Morning Times – Nuevo Laredo, the state of Tamaulipas and the local border are on high alert as the first potential case of monkeypox might have been detected in Laredo’s sister city, causing the Government of Tamaulipas to activate health biosecurity protocols.

The news of a potential case was confirmed by the Tamaulipas Secretary of Health Office as well as to LMT directly from Dr. Liliana Arjona, who is the director of the municipality’s health department.

According to the report released by the Tamaulipas Secretary of Health, the case is one of three potential cases — the other two are close contacts with the potentially-infected person as they are being supervised by health officials.

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“The state government headed by Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca activated epidemiological surveillance protocols and launched a hospital biosafety operation after detecting a suspected case of monkeypox in a patient residing in Nuevo Laredo,” said the Tamaulipas Secretary of Health in a statement.

According to the health entity, Gloria Molina Gamboa — the secretary of health — reported that the patient is a 21-year-old woman, a housewife, who requested medical attention at the Mexican Institute of Social Security on June 7. She presented a fever greater than 101.3 degrees accompanied by severe headache.

According to the CDC, monkeypox is not known to be transmitted through the air. It adds that “monkeypox spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on the body of someone who has monkeypox, or with direct contact with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens. It may also spread through respiratory secretions when people have close, face-to-face contact” … READ MORE 

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