The CDC has reported monkeypox infections in two minors, saying both were traced back to the ‘gay men’s community’
Two children in the US have been infected with monkeypox, the nation’s first such cases involving minors, confirming spread to a segment of the population that’s considered most at risk of developing severe disease from the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported Friday that the two children were infected with the virus. The one child is a toddler who lives in California and another is a visiting non-resident. They were both likely infected by household transmission.
“Both of those children are traced back to individuals who come from the men-who-have-sex-with-men community, the gay men’s community,”Interview with Washington Post: Friday interview by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC. In monkeypox cases in children, she said that most are caused by cases of a virus called “Monkeypox”. “adjacent to the community most at risk.”
Since May’s first reported case, nearly 2,600 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed. Although spread of the virus can come through non-sexual transmission – including contact with an infected person’s skin or his or her linens – the vast majority of infections so far have occurred in men who have sex with men.
There haven’t been any US deaths from the virus so far. The virus can cause mild symptoms in both men and women. Last month, however, the World Health Organization stated that monkeypox may be even more harmful for young children than it is for women who are pregnant. In the past, monkeypox has killed more children than it did adults.
Walensky stated that the US monkeypox-infected children are now in their midst. “doing well,”However, you might still experience some symptoms.
During the current outbreak of monkeypox, at least five European children were infected.
The US Food and Drug Administration has officially approved Jynneos as a smallpox and monkeypox vaccine, but only for adults. However, President Joe Biden’s administration has reportedly made the inoculation available in a handful of pediatric cases.
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