Friday, July 22, 2022

Monkeypox In The USA

US records first two CHILD monkeypox cases: California toddler and an infant who is not American were likely infected by 'household contacts', CDC reports 

Two children have tested positive for monkeypox in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Friday. One is a toddler from California; the other is in an infant who is not a resident of America. Neither had contact with each other. Health officials said both children were 'doing well', and had likely caught the virus from 'household contacts'. Dr Rochelle Walensky said the children had contact with gay or bisexual men — the community where most cases are being detected in the current outbreak. It was not clear when they caught the virus, or what symptoms they suffered. They are receiving the antiviral TPOXX, which can help stop an infection in its tracks by interfering with the virus's maturation. A boy under 10 years old tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands in June, as was revealed this week. The Dutch child suffered more than 20 red lesions on his face, forearms and thighs but had no fever or swollen lymph nodes — with the infection mostly clearing within a week. Revealing the infections at a virtual event for the Washington Post, Walensky said: 'We have seen now two cases that have occurred in children. 'Both of these are traced back to individuals who come from the men-who-have-sex-with-men community, the gay men's community.' She added that these cases have been on the whole 'adjacent to the community most at risk'.  Source

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