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Symptoms of monkeypox differ from previous outbreaks: UK study

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Pictures showing examples of rashes and lesions caused by the monkeypox virus are seen in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters on July 1, 2022.
A photo showing an example of a rash and lesion caused by the monkeypox virus was obtained by Reuters on July 1, 2022. Seen in distribution images without dates.Photo: UK Health Security Agency /REUTERS distribution

London — According to researchers in London, monkeypox patients in the United Kingdom show symptoms that are significantly different from those seen in previous outbreaks, with cases There is growing concern that it has been overlooked.

Patients reported less fever and malaise than normally seen in monkeypox, and more skin lesions in the genital and anal areas.

Monkeypox is an usually relatively mild viral disease that is endemic in some countries in West and Central Africa, and since early May, other than these regions, mainly in Europe. Has caused more than 5,000 cases and one death. According to the World Health Organization, cases are increasing in countries where it is more common. The London study, published in the

Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal, follows suggestions from public health agencies such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and this outbreak is predominantly spread to men who have sex with men. .. – It is displayed abnormally.

Chelsea&Authors of many institutions, including the Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, define cases so that they are not overlooked, especially because monkeypox can be "mimicked". Said that we need to consider. Other common sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) such as herpes and syphilis. The study found that one-quarter of monkeypox patients were HIV-positive and one-quarter had another sexually transmitted disease.

"Misdiagnosis of an infectious disease can hinder proper intervention and opportunities for infection prevention," said Dr. Ruth Burn of the Trust.

Monkeypox spreads through close contact, and researchers are working to see if it can be transmitted via semen, the classic definition of sexually transmitted diseases. increase.

Infectious disease epidemiologist and WHO adviser on outbreaks said it was important to control the spread of the affected people without stigmatizing them. rice field.

"How easy is it to work with the highest risk population to avoid physical contact in the genital area (if a rash is present) and prevent this infection? It involves being able to understand what is there, "he says. He told Reuters.

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