Texan toddler probably positive for monkey pox

A Texas toddler younger than two appears to have tested positive for monkey pox, a Houston leader confirmed Tuesday.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said officials have yet to determine how the baby contracted the disease, noting that the child has not been to daycare or school. The suspected case will not be confirmed until the tests are done by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

“The child is currently expected to make a full recovery. He is doing very, very well,” Hidalgo said during a press conference streamed by KHOU 11.

She said the only symptom the child shows is a rash.

Contact tracing is underway, but no one has yet contracted the virus from the child, Hidalgo said. The child’s parents also work with officials.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at a press conference Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at a press conference Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
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“This Harris County case is one of the few cases involving young children in the entire country,” she said. “I understand it’s very scary and parents are concerned.”

According to the CDC, there have been more than 1,000 cases of monkey pox in Texas.

New York has the most cases in the nation with 2620.

The CDC says monkeypox can be caught through close, personal, and frequent skin-to-skin contact.

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