Over the weekend, 16 cases of monkey disease were reported in the United States, bringing the total to 65, the seventeenth state in Ohio.
- Health workers present updated account for weekends until 14:00 on Monday
- The incidents occurred in six states, most of them in the national hotspot of California
- Ohio also reported the first case of the virus, but did not provide any information about confidentiality
- And the number of cases in Chicago has more than doubled to eight, with at least one patient attending the annual Mr Leather conference last month.
- That was after a scientist warned yesterday that a tropical disease could spread unnoticed in Massachusetts.
The United States reported 16 more cases of smallpox this weekend, bringing the total number of rare cases to 65.
Health officials unveiled the updated account by 2pm on Tuesday.
The infection was reported in six states, most of them in the national hotspot of California – the number increased from five to 15.
In the last three days, Ohio has also identified the first case of monkey disease, but no information has been released to protect the patient’s privacy.
The number of cases in Chicago has doubled to eight patients, at least once due to an annual fetish conference held last month in Illinois’ largest city.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to stop the epidemic until the tropical disease spreads in the United States.
But on Monday, the scientist warned that there could be “unidentified transmission chains” after observing two cases in Massachusetts that were not linked to another known infection.
Worldwide, more than 1,600 cases have been reported in four dozen countries outside of West Africa, most of them in the United Kingdom (470), Spain (307) and Portugal (209).
Researchers say that smallpox can be transmitted through semen
Researchers say that monkeys can be infected by smallpox.
The medical literature suggests that the disease may be transmitted primarily through contact with infected skin.
In limited cases, if someone is in direct contact with an infected person, he or she can also be infected through the air.
But now scientists in Italy say they have found fragments of the virus in the semen of several patients and that it could be transmitted in this way.
Researchers at the Spallanzani Institute in Rome found that six of the seven patients tested had semen containing the virus’s genes.
In one sample, it was enough to say that the virus could infect another patient.
“The presence of an infectious virus in sperm is a factor that strengthens the balance in favor of the hypothesis that sexually transmitted infections are one of the ways in which the virus is transmitted,” said Dr. Francesco Vaya, its director general.
Today, the update is the biggest increase in the three-day period, up 160 percent from the six recorded over the previous weekend.
After two more cases in Hawaii, officials warned that the rash virus could spread “to our community.”
Colorado, Georgia and Ohio have one case each.
Ohio health officials declined to comment on their first case to “protect the patient’s privacy.”
Most cases in America are identified among gay and bisexual men and are related to international travel.
However, there is a growing number of people who are in close contact with a particular patient or who have not recently traveled.
The CDC has so far ruled out concerns about these cases, but said they may be due to the traveler being undiagnosed.
He says the United States has not identified any major outbreaks in urban areas, unlike those in Europe who are battling the disease.
Dr. Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, warned yesterday that monkeys were spreading under the radar in Massachusetts.
He told DailyMail.com that the state’s latest cases “certainly show undefined transmission chains, but at this stage we can’t say whether they were related to a previous case in Massachusetts or a separate initiative.”
He added: “I noticed it [Health officials in the state] They called for “vigilance.” I think this is very appropriate.
“People need to know about the symptoms – fever, swollen lymph nodes and rashes – but also keep in mind that rashes may not look like pictures of people suffering from another strain of the virus. Common rashes. ‘
On Sunday, the state reported two cases of men who had been in close contact with each other for a month but had not been in contact with their first patient.
Health officials also did not say whether patients from the Boston area had recently returned from an international trip.
In Rhode Island, health officials said their first case, a 30-year-old man, was “believed to be related to a trip to Massachusetts.” It is unknown whether it is related to these recent cases, the first patient or another unknown infectious chain.