The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday confirmed a rare case of human monkeypox was detected in Texas.
According to CDC, the virus was detected in a U.S. resident who recently travelled from Nigeria to the US.
The U.S resident is currently hospitalised in Dallas.
This is the first case of the virus seen in Texas but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins urged the general public not to panic.
He said: “While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public.”
However, the CDC is currently working with the airline and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8, with arrival on July 9; and Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.