A Texas toddler under 2 appears to have tested positive for monkeypox, Houston area leaders say Tuesday. confirmed to
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said authorities had not yet determined how the baby contracted the disease, and said the child had not attended daycare or school. Probable cases are not confirmed until testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"He is now on the verge of a full recovery and is doing very well," Hidalgo said at a press conference broadcast by KHOU 11.
She said the only symptom the child showed was a rash.
Contact tracing is underway, but no one has yet caught the virus from a child, Hidalgo said. Parents also cooperate with those involved.
"This case in Harris County is her one of the few infant cases in the nation," she said. "I understand that it is very frightening and that parents are worried."
According to the United States, there are more than 1,000 monkeypox cases in Texas.CDC.
New York has the highest number of cases in the country, with her 2,620.
According to the CDC, monkeypox can be transmitted through close, personal, and often skin-to-skin contact.