Two children in the United States have tested positive for monkey pox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Friday.
One is a kid from California; Another is on an infant who is not a US resident. There was no contact with each other.
Health officials said both children were ‘doing well’, and likely caught the virus from ‘household contacts’.
Dr Rochelle Walensky said the children had contact with gay or bisexual men – the community where most of the cases in the current outbreak have been found.
It was not clear when they contracted the virus, or what symptoms they experienced.
They are receiving the antiviral TPOXX, which can help stop the infection in its tracks by interfering with the maturation of the virus.
Children — who are thought to be at greater risk from monkey pox — are among the first cases detected in the US.
A boy under the age of 10 tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands in June, it was revealed this week. The Dutch child suffered more than 20 red sores on his face, arms and thighs but had no fever or swollen lymph nodes – the infection usually clears up within a week.
Two children have tested positive for monkeypox since the outbreak began in the United States, it was revealed today
Revealing the infection in a virtual event for The Washington Post, Walensky said: ‘We’ve seen two cases now in children.
‘Both of these are found in the male community, the same-sex male community.
She added that these cases have all occurred ‘on the edge of the most vulnerable communities’.
Timeline of Monkey Pox in the United States
Year 1958: The monkey was discovered after an outbreak of a disease similar to pox appeared in monkeys kept for research.
1970: The first human case of this disease is recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Later it was discovered in many other Central and West African countries.
2003: The largest monkey pox outbreak ever occurs in America. A total of 47 people have been infected after coming into contact with the pet prairie dogs that brought the disease to the farm.
July, 2021A case of monkeypox has been found in the US in a citizen who recently returned from Nigeria.
November, 2021: Another US resident recently returned from Nigeria has been diagnosed with monkeypox.
May, 2022: A person in Massachusetts has been diagnosed with monkey pox, the first case in the current outbreak. Now there are more than 2 thousand cases nationwide.
In a press release, the agency said: ‘CDC and public health officials are still investigating how the children became infected.
‘Even though both children have monkey symptoms, they are in good health.’
They added: ‘Monkeypox is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, including – in the case of children – hugging, feeding, as well as through shared objects such as towels, bedding, cups and utensils.’
Last week the CDC said it was only aware of adult monkeypox infections in mostly gay or bisexual men.
So far, monkey pox infection has been almost exclusively in homosexual or bisexual men.
But a top expert warned last week that the virus was likely to have spread to other groups, but it remains to be seen because of a lack of testing.
The World Health Organization warns that children – as well as elderly people and pregnant women – are at greater risk from monkey pox.
Scientific studies suggest that three to ten percent of children infected with monkeypox die from the disease, depending on the strain they catch.
In the Dutch case, doctors said they counted 20 bruises on the child’s face, ears, forehead, thighs and back – but he had no fever or swollen lymph nodes.
Within a week the virus in his body had dropped to undetectable levels, they added.
It was not clear how he became infected, although doctors said he may have been in contact with an infected person or a contaminated object that was ‘unidentifiable’.
Monkeypox is mainly spread through close physical contact or through towels or bedsheets that are also used by the patient. In rare cases, it can also be transmitted through the air.
There are currently more than 2,500 cases of monkeypox in the US – the second largest outbreak in the world after Spain with 3,000.
The CDC has been repeatedly criticized for its response to the virus, with testing initially masking the spread of the virus and being slow to get off the ground.
There have also been problems rolling out the vaccine, with New York City – at the epicenter of the crisis – having to delay a second dose for patients because too few jabs have been supplied.
Dutch child under-10 infected with monkeypox after family holiday in Turkey – 20 sores all over body but no fever
By Luke Andrews for DailyMail.com
A Dutch child under the age of ten has tested positive for monkeypox after a family holiday in Turkey – the first confirmed pediatric case as part of the current outbreak of the tropical virus.
The unidentified youth was taken to Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam, Netherlands in late June, complaining of a rash.
Doctors counted 20 bruises on her face, ears, forehead, thighs and back, but the patient had no fever or swollen lymph nodes.
Within a week the virus in his body had dropped to undetectable levels, and he made a full recovery. None of her close contacts tested positive for monkeypox.
It is not clear how he became infected, but tests have ruled it out as a cause of sexual abuse. The family of five said they had no close contact with other guests during the holiday and kept their own towels on chairs and loungers.
His parents, one of his siblings and a friend – who were all considered to be at high risk – were vaccinated against the Genius vaccine used in the US.
The report comes after the United States confirmed its first two cases of the tropical virus stateside, as confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The boy – whose name has not been released – was taken to Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in late June, complaining of a rash (pictured is the first on his jaw).
He had more than 20 scars on his body, they said
The picture above is one of the scars that appeared on his arm
Doctors at a Dutch hospital revealed the diagnosis in the journal Eurosurveillance on Thursday.
Dr. who led the research. Marceline van Furth said they were publicizing the case to ‘raise public awareness that children can develop monkey pox’.
They warn that children – along with older adults and pregnant women – are more vulnerable to monkey pox, with about three percent dying from the infection.
A California man said he caught COVID and monkey pox at the same time
A California man says he contracted both Covid and monkeypox at the same time in the first known case in the US.
Micho Thompson, a cannabis seller in Sebastopol, tested positive for the pandemic virus in late June after feeling ‘wiped out’. A few days later, he developed red sores on his back, legs, arms and neck, which doctors diagnosed as monkey pox.
Shortness of breath and a cold left Thompson bedridden for weeks, barely getting up for water.
Dr. Stanford University infectious disease specialist. Dean Winslow said it is possible for someone to be infected with both viruses at the same time. He said Thompson had ‘incredibly bad luck’.
This brings the number of monkeypox cases in the US to 2,593 – the second highest in the world, behind Spain, which has 3,125 cases.
More than 16,000 cases have been detected worldwide in the current outbreak, mostly among gay or bisexual men who contracted the disease through sexual contact.
Experts fear that the disease may have spread to other populations, but the lack of testing is not yet known.
Monkeypox does not require sexual contact to spread, and is primarily transmitted through close physical contact or scabs that get stuck to towels or bedding. In rare cases it can also be passed through the air.
The US has detected 2,500 cases in the current outbreak – the second highest number in the world behind Spain with 3,000. The Netherlands has reported 700, while Turkey has detected one case.
A Dutch monkeypox patient felt unwell shortly after returning from Turkey, when he noticed two small red skin lesions on his left cheek and jaw.
Her doctor initially diagnosed mild dermatomycosis — the medical term for a fungal infection — and prescribed an anti-fungal cream.
But when more sores appeared the doctor feared she had impetigo – a bacterial infection that causes sores on the body – and gave her antibiotics.
As they continued to crop his ears, forearms, thighs and back, the boy was referred to the hospital with a suspected case of monkey pox – swabs at the hospital were positive.
His parents and two siblings were also tested for the virus, but all returned negative results.
Dutch health authorities vaccinated both parents, a sibling and a friend who were considered to be at ‘high risk’ of becoming infected. No virus subsequently developed.
An investigation was launched to find out where the child contracted the disease, but has not been conclusive.
There was no evidence that the child had been in close proximity to a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox before contracting the disease.
Parents also said they took care to use their own towels during the vacation and did not have close contact with other guests, limiting the risk of transmission.
Analyzes revealed that the strain the boy caught was similar to the one spreading in Europe’s current outbreak.
In the paper, the doctors wrote: ‘With no possible source identified, this leaves us with an open question about transmission.
‘In the current outbreak, the main route of transmission is related to sexual activity in the community of men who have sex with men.
‘However, other indirect transmission routes have been described, such as respiratory transmission through droplets or contaminated materials such as bedding and towels.
‘Therefore, it is possible that the child was in close contact with an infectious person or contaminated object that was not identified as such.’
They said it usually takes eight and a half days for a person infected with monkey pox to start showing symptoms.
But it suggested it was probably longer for the boy – up to 21 days – because the route of transmission was different.
He had traveled to Turkey three weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.
His parents said the boy had chickenpox when he was five years old.