Contact tracing is being done in both the states. Initial testing took place in state health department laboratories and confirmatory testing is pending at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.
“The risk of monkeypox in the general public is extremely low,” said Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Chris Box. “Monkeypox is rare and is not easily spread by brief casual contact.”
The Department of Health in Houston, Texas, confirmed the first case of monkeypox on Saturday.
“After returning from travel, the resident developed symptoms and is experiencing a mild illness,” the Houston Department of Health said in a written statement. “The resident did not require hospitalization and is in isolation at home.”
Monkeypox is a rare infection, a much less serious cousin of the now-defunct smallpox virus. It is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa and is usually contracted from a rodent or small mammal. It does not spread easily from person to person.
However, the monkeypox virus can be spread through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or objects such as clothing and bedding contaminated with the virus. According to the CDC, it can also spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, usually in a close-knit setting.