21 new monkeypox cases were identified in 11 different states of the USA. These numbers are expected to increase soon. A genetic analysis suggests that though the majority of the cases look to be closely related to the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, two patients show signs of the virus that appears to be evolved from the monkeypox case recognized in Texas last year.
Genetic sequencing suggests that two separate genetically variants of monkeypox are involved in the present outbreak. But Capt. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of CDC said that the current strain is less severe than the other known clads.
Jennifer McQuiston also said that the cases are largely seen among bisexual men as the virus seems to be transmitted via intimate skin-to-skin contact. Most of the US monkeypox cases are of those who have travel internationally in the last 21 days and others are identified as men who have had intercourse with men. In most cases, the rash first began in the genital area.
However, no deaths have been reported yet, neither in the United States nor in any other countries affected by monkeypox. McQuinston also said that “we don’t want to minimize this condition,” The rash caused by monkeypox spread all over the body and majorly in sensitive areas like genitalia. Sometimes the rashes can be very painful; few patients have reported taking prescribed pain medicine to manage the pain.