The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported the detection of the country’s first two cases of monkeypox in minors.
The micron BA5 subvariant was detected in 77.8% of cases in the US.
The CDC director, Rochelle Valensk, reported that the children, a newborn and other young children, were “doing well” and that they were probably infected by home transmission.
Minors are receiving antiviral medical treatment. However, the medical body is continuing to investigate the source of the infection.
The youngest infants were diagnosed while traveling with their non-US relatives in Washington DC. The second patient lives in California
The United States is experiencing an outbreak of 2,900 positive cases of monkeypox, one being New York, California. The states with the most number of confirmed cases are Florida and Illinois.
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Monkeypox is spread through bodily fluids, contact with infected skin, and other activities that involve close exchange between an infected person and another person.
Although doctors believe the outbreak to be milder than those found in West Africa, the associated symptoms are fever, muscle aches and headaches, skin lesions and swollen glands.