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The Med & Mic™ 05.19.22

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The Med & Mic™ 05.19.22

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Monkeypox outbreak grows

A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the U.S. The Massachusetts man had recently traveled to Canada by car. He has been in airborne isolation since last Thursday. “This patient, fortunately, is doing quite well now, although did have, have symptoms that require hospitalization,” Dr. Erica Shenoy says in a CNN report. The U.K., Spain, Portugal, and other countries are reporting cases.

Health officials do not know how the people caught the virus. There is concern the virus is spreading through the community undetected. A new route of transmission could be contributing. Person-to-person transmission has not been common. All outbreaks to date have fizzled out quickly. The virus is known to spread via aerosols and contact with lesions and contaminated fabrics.

The infection will cause fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes, and then the pox – painful, fluid-filled blisters on the face, hands, and feet. One strain will kill one in ten people. The virus in the U.K. is the milder form, which kills one in a hundred. A case of non-fatal illness can last two to four weeks.

The name “monkeypox” came from the first documented case in 1958 in a colony of research monkeys. However, rodents are the major carriers. People can get sick from a bite or scratch from an infected animal. It then spreads with coughing or sneezing and pus.

In the U.S. in 2003, 47 people caught monkeypox from prairie dogs, but they all recovered and there was no person-to-person spread.

The smallpox vaccine is 85% effective at preventing monkeypox. However, since smallpox has been eradicated, immunization has stopped.

More from STAT News and NPR.

On Twitter, some good threads on monkeypox:

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