Houston is the “hot zone” for monkeypox in Texas; Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth also report cases

HOUSTON – The Monkeypox cases have increased around Texasbut the Houston area is the area of ​​the state where the most cases have been registered so far.

According to information provided by the Texas Department of Public Health, 8 cases have been detected in the Houston metropolitan area to datefollowed by the Austin and surrounding areas at 7 and Dallas-Fort Worth at 5.

These are the only three regions of the state where cases of the disease have been detected.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus related to those that cause smallpox and cowpox. It was first reported in 1958, when outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. That explains its name.

The virus is characterized by a skin rash that usually starts on the face and spreads throughout the body. If not treated in time, it can cause death.

  • Fever.
  • Head and back pain.
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Shaking chills.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Skin rash: usually starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.

The symptoms of the disease can last between two to four weeks. The incubation period for the virus is usually 7 to 14 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days.

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