FRIDAY, July 29, 2022
The monkeypox illness now spreading around the globe is showing some symptoms that are very different from those seen in previous outbreaks, a new study shows.
“Understanding these findings will have major implications for contact tracing, public health advice, and ongoing infection control and isolation measures,” the researchers explained in a journal news release.
For the study, researchers evaluated 197 confirmed monkeypox cases at an infectious disease center in London between May and July 2022.
All patients presented with monkeypox lesions, most commonly on their genitals or near their anus. All cases were men, and all but one were men who have sex with other men.
In contrast with previous reports suggesting that such symptoms precede skin lesions, the British researchers found that 38% of patients developed lesions prior to systemic illness and 14% only developed lesions.
Overall, 10% of the study’s patients were admitted to the hospital for management of symptoms, most commonly rectal pain and swelling of the penis, the researchers said.
SOURCE: BMJ, news release, July 28, 2022
By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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