Texas health officials have identified the first case of Monkeypox in the state this year, but say the general public is not at risk from the illness.

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So far this year, 1,000 cases have been reported across 29 countries, with most cases in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Texas Tribune is reporting that the first Texas case was identified in a resident of Dallas County who recently traveled out of the country. Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating the case with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and exhaustion.

Within 1 to 3 days after the fever begins, a rash appears on the face before spreading to other parts of the body. Monkeypox usually lasts for 2−4 weeks, according to the CDC.

Avoiding Monkeypox

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Always remember to protect yourself and get tested frequently. Talk about your sexual history with any new partners and play it safe.

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.


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