The United States recorded 16 cases of monkeypox last weekend, bringing the total to 65
The United States recorded 16 cases of monkeypox last weekend, bringing the total to 65 as the outbreak reaches the 17th state of Ohio.
- Health officials released the updated count covering the weekend through 2 p.m. Monday.
- Cases were reported in six states, most in the national hotspot of California
- Ohio also reported its first case of the virus, but did not provide details due to privacy concerns.
- And in Chicago, the case count has doubled to eight with at least one patient linked to the annual Mr Leather conference that took place last month.
- It comes after a scientist warned yesterday that the tropical disease could be spreading undetected in Massachusetts.
Another 16 cases of monkeypox were detected in the United States this weekend, bringing the total number of cases of the rare disease to 65.
Health officials released the updated count Tuesday, which covers the period from Friday night to 2 p.m. Monday.
Infections were reported in six states, with the largest number in the national hotspot of California, which saw its count rise from five to 15 patients.
In the past three days, Ohio has also detected its first case of monkeypox, though no details were released to protect patient privacy.
Chicago’s case count doubled to eight patients, with at least one case in Illinois’ largest city linked to the annual Mr Leather fetish conference that took place last month.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are scrambling to contain the outbreak before the tropical disease takes hold in the US.
But on Monday, a scientist warned that there may already be “undetected chains of transmission” in Massachusetts after the state detected two cases that were unrelated to another known infection.
Globally, more than 1,600 cases have been detected in more than four dozen countries outside of its native West Africa, most in the UK (470), Spain (307), and Portugal (209).
Monkeypox can be transmitted through SEMEN, scientists say
Monkeypox could be spread through semen, scientists say.
Medical literature says that the disease is mainly transmitted by touching infectious skin lesions on patients.
In limited cases, it can also be spread through the air if someone has had “sustained” face-to-face contact with an infected person.
But now scientists in Italy say they have detected bits of the virus in the semen of a handful of patients, suggesting it could also be transmitted via this route.
Researchers at the Spallanzani Institute in Rome said six of the seven patients they reviewed had semen containing genes for the virus.
There was enough virus in one sample to suggest it could infect another patient.
Dr. Francesco Vaia, its CEO, said: “Having an infectious virus in semen is a factor that strongly tips the balance in favor of the hypothesis that sexual transmission is one of the ways this virus is transmitted.” .
Today’s case update is the largest increase in a three-day period so far, up 160 percent from the six recorded the previous weekend.
Hawaii also reported two other cases after officials warned that the virus causing the rash was likely spreading “in our community.”
There was one case each in Colorado, Georgia and Ohio.
Ohio health officials declined to give details about his first case to “protect patient privacy.”
Most cases in the United States are found among gay and bisexual men and are linked to international travel.
But a growing number are being detected in people who had close contact with a known patient, or those who are not close contacts and have not traveled recently.
However, the CDC has so far dismissed concerns about these cases, saying they are likely related to an undiagnosed case in a traveler.
It also says the United States has yet to detect any major outbreaks in urban centers, unlike nations battling the disease in Europe.
Yesterday, Dr. Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, warned that monkeypox was probably already spreading under the radar in Massachusetts.
He told DailyMail.com that the state’s latest cases “certainly indicate undetected chains of transmission, although at this stage we cannot say whether they are linked to the earlier case in Massachusetts or are a separate introduction.”
He added: ‘I realized that [Health officials in the state] have urged “vigilance”. I think it’s very appropriate.
“People should be aware of the symptoms (fever, swollen lymph nodes and rash), but they should also remember that the rash may not look like the photos in the newspapers, which tend to be of people suffering from a different strain of the virus, with an extensive disseminated rash.
On Sunday, the state reported two cases in men who were close contacts of each other but were not linked to their first reported patient about a month ago.
Health officials also did not say whether the patients, who were from the Boston area, had recently returned from international travel.
In Rhode Island, health officials said their first case, a man in his 30s, “was believed to be related to travel to Massachusetts.” It’s unclear if he was linked to these latest cases, the first patient, or another as-yet-unidentified chain of transmission.