America recorded 16 cases of monkeypox last weekend, bringing the total to 65 as the outbreak hits the seventeenth state of Ohio
- Health officials have revealed the updated tally which covers the weekend until 2 p.m. Monday
- Cases have been reported in six states, most in the national hotspot of California
- Ohio also reported its first case of the virus, but gave no details due to confidentiality.
- And in Chicago, the number of cases has doubled to eight with at least one patient linked to Mr Leather’s annual conference which took place last month
- It comes after a scientist yesterday warned that the tropical disease could be spreading undetected in Massachusetts
Another 16 cases of monkeypox were spotted in the United States over the weekend, bringing the total number of rare disease cases to 65.
Health officials revealed the updated count on Tuesday, covering the period from Friday evening to 2 p.m. Monday.
Infections have been reported in six states, the most in the national hotspot of California – which has seen its number increase from five to 15 patients.
In the past three days, Ohio also detected its first case of monkeypox, although no details were given to protect patient privacy.
The number of cases in Chicago has doubled to eight patients, with at least one case in Illinois’ largest city linked to the annual Mr Leather fetish conference which took place last month.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials are working to contain the outbreak before the tropical disease gains a foothold in the United States
But on Monday, a scientist warned that there may already be “undetected chains of transmission” in Massachusetts after the state spotted 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 his native West Africa, most in the UK (470), Spain (307) and Portugal. (209).
Monkeypox can be transmitted through SEMEN, say scientists
Monkeypox could be spread through semen, scientists say.
The medical literature indicates that the disease is mainly transmitted by touching infectious skin lesions on patients.
In limited cases, it can also be transmitted through the air if someone has “sustained” direct contact with an infected person.
But now Italian scientists say they have detected fragments of the virus in the semen of a handful of patients, suggesting it could also be transmitted this way.
Researchers at the Spallanzani Institute, Rome, said six out of seven patients they examined had semen containing genes for the virus.
In one sample, there was enough virus to suggest it could infect another patient.
Dr Francesco Vaia, its chief executive, said: “The presence of an infectious virus in semen is a factor that strongly tips the scales in favor of the hypothesis that sexual transmission is one of the modes of transmission of this virus.”
Today’s case update is the biggest increase in a three-day period so far, up 160% from the six recorded the previous weekend.
Hawaii also reported two more cases after authorities warned the rash-causing virus was likely spreading “in our community”.
There has been one case in Colorado, Georgia and Ohio each.
Ohio health officials declined to give details of their first case to “protect patient privacy.”
Most cases in America are detected in gay and bisexual men and linked to international travel.
But increasing numbers are being spotted in people who have had close contact with a known patient, or those who are not close contacts and have not traveled recently.
The CDC has so far dismissed concerns about these cases, saying they are likely linked to an undiagnosed case in a traveler.
It also says America has yet to detect a major outbreak in urban centers, unlike countries battling the disease in Europe.
Harvard University epidemiologist Dr Bill Hanage warned yesterday that monkeypox was likely 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 related to the previous case in Massachusetts or s ‘this is a separate introduction’.
He added: “I noticed that [Health officials in the state] called for “vigilance”. I think that’s extremely appropriate.
“People should be aware of the symptoms – fever, swollen lymph nodes and rash – but also remember that the rash may not look like the pictures in the newspapers which tend to be of people suffering from a different strain of the virus, with extensive disseminated rash.
On Sunday, the state reported two cases in men who were in close contact with each other but were unrelated to its 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 “thought to be related to travel to Massachusetts.” It is unclear whether he was linked to these latest cases, the first patient, or another as yet unidentified chain of transmission.
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