A Dallas man reported monkeypox symptoms while vacationing in Mexico. He was asked to isolate but refused, officials say
Mexican health officials said the man reported symptoms while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. However, he refused to isolate and flew back to the U.S. anyway.
A Dallas man who recently tested positive for monkeypox was in Mexico when he began reporting symptoms but refused to isolate and returned to Texas anyway, according to health officials in Mexico.
The Health of Department of Jalisco in Mexico released more details on the case this week, as Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Texas’ first monkeypox case this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also raised its alert level on monkeypox after global cases surpassed 1,000 and after at least 21 people in 11 states tested positive for the disease.
According to the Jalisco state health department, the Dallas man traveled to Berlin, Germany on May 12 and then returned to Dallas on May 16. The department then said the 48-year-old man traveled to Puerto Vallarta on May 27 for vacation with his partner.
The health department reported that the man began showing symptoms, such as cough, chills and “pustule-like lesions on the face and neck,” on May 30. According to the department, the man on June 3 contacted his doctor in Texas, who recommended that the 48-year-old get medical care and report the symptoms to Mexican health authorities.
The man’s doctor also reported the possible monkeypox case to the CDC, the department said.
The Mexican state health department said the man went to a private hospital in Puerto Vallarta, where he was instructed to provide samples and to isolate himself. The department reported that the man refused to isolate himself and fled the hospital.
The department learned the man had a scheduled flight back to Dallas on June 6, which led health officials to inform airlines to not allow him to fly or board an aircraft.
However, the CDC told Mexican health officials that the 48-year-old traveled back to the U.S. on June 4 on an unspecified airline or flight, according to the health department. And then on June 7, a positive test of monkeypox was reported.