CDC dispels fears of air passenger carrying monkeypox

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According to authorities passengers aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit were barred from disembarking in Chicago for about three hours after one person was suspected of carrying a contagious disease. The incident occurred on Delta flight 3163, which landed at about 3:45 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the said passenger was evaluated shortly after the plane landed Thursday afternoon at Midway International Airport. The CDC says emergency medical personnel determined the woman’s rash was not related to monkeypox, which had been suspected. In its statement, the CDC says the woman was cleared but advised to seek medical care. A review by CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health officials concluded, “it does not appear that the signs and symptoms are consistent with a monkey pox infection.” Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mostly in Africa.

Lise Sievers - the woman in question, blames her recent trip to Africa. She said, “I was visiting Uganda ... where I'm adopting two special needs kids. So we stayed at a hotel the other night and I think it left friends on my body. My son, who's four and a half, had pustules on him.”

Dr. Ananya Mandal

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Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.


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