New symptoms of monkeypox: these are different from previous outbreaks

The current outbreak of monkeypox presents Significant difference in symptoms compared to previous symptoms registered in endemic areasAccording to a study among British patients published by The British Medical Journal.

conclusions are based on 197 confirmed cases of monkeypox at an infectious disease center in London between May and July 2022 and researchers believe these results will help doctors detect infections earlier.

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The study suggests that some of the common symptoms described by those affected, such as Rectal pain, swelling (edema) of the penis or tonsils differ from those described in previous outbreaks.

participants in this study were men with an average age of 38Of whom 196 said they had sex with men. all patients sores on the skin or mucous membranesin more times genital or perianal area,

Most (86%) patients had a systemic disease (affecting the whole body) and the most common systemic symptoms were:

  • Fever (62%)
  • swollen lymph nodes (58%)
  • muscle pain (32%)

The researchers noted that, in contrast to existing case reports suggesting that systemic symptoms precede skin lesions, 38% of patients developed them. After the appearance of mucous lesions,

Among the patients examined were the symptoms they describe,

  • 71 reported rectal pain.
  • 33 Throat.
  • 31 Penile edema.
  • 27 had mouth sores.
  • 22 A single wound.
  • 9 Swollen tonsils.

The author states that Solitary lesion and inflammation of tonsils not previously known Monkeypox can be confused with other conditions as distinct features of the infection.

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Only one of the study participants had recently traveled to an area where the disease is endemic, confirms Ongoing broadcasts within the UK,

In addition, only a quarter of patients had Known contact with someone with a confirmed monkeypox infectionIncreases the likelihood of transmission by people with or without symptoms.

the author accepts some bordersAccording to The British Medical Journal, such as the observational nature of the findings, the potential variability of the clinical record and the fact that the data are limited to a single centre.

So far 70% of cases of this outbreak are concentrated in Europe. Spain is the place with the highest number of cases in the world (3,595)It is followed by the United States (2,881), Germany (2,410), the United Kingdom (2,208) and France (1,567).


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