Pennsylvania records first case of monkeypox: Joins list of ten U.S. states to detect 19 cases of the virus
- Pennsylvania has recorded one case of monkeypox, health chiefs have revealed
- No further details have been released on the patient, including their location
- But previous cases were mostly been among gay and bisexual men
- They are also linked to recent travel to Europe or Canada which have outbreaks
Pennsylvania has become the latest state to detect a case of monkeypox, health chiefs revealed Thursday.
It brings the U.S. tally to 19 across as many as ten states, after another three infections were reported yesterday.
Pennsylvania officials are yet to reveal any details of the new case, including its sex, its location and whether it is linked to international travel.
But most infections in the U.S. have been detected among gay and bisexual men who had recently returned from abroad.
It is the latest in a global outbreak with more than 500 cases of the tropical disease spotted in two dozen countries outside of West Africa — where it is native.
World Health Organization chiefs are calling on people to limit their number of sexual contacts to stop the virus transmitting.
Monkeypox has now been detected across 19 U.S. states. Some of these cases have only tested positive for orthopox viruses — a family which includes monkeypox — but it is overwhelmingly likely these will be confirmed as the tropical disease
Pictured above are the early spot symptoms triggered by monkeypox. After the marks appear they become concave and turn black before eventually falling off
Pictured above are symptoms triggered by a monkeypox infection. Anyone with these warning signs is being urged to come forward
Cut your number of sexual partners to help fight monkeypox, urges World Health Organization
People should reduce their number of sexual partners to help fight the spread of monkeypox, the World Health Organization urged yesterday.
Dr Hans Kluge, the head of WHO’s European division, has warned the current outbreak of the tropical disease ‘may not be containable’.
He warned Europe had become the new epicentre of the virus, with the outbreak linked to sexual transmission at raves and festivals on the continent.
Dr Kluge insisted the virus ‘will not require the same extensive population measures’ as Covid but said ‘significant and urgent’ action was needed to prevent more cases.
He added that while cases have been concentrated in men who have sex with men, there was nothing stopping it from spreading to other groups.
Pennsylvania’s case was revealed in a dashboard update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is currently not known whether the monkeypox infection is suspected or confirmed.
Most cases reported initially test positive for orthopox viruses — the family which includes monkeypox and smallpox — before being sent for confirmatory swabs at the CDC.
Monkeypox is typically spread through physical contact with infectious skin lesions in patients.
People who are infected initially suffer a fever within the first 21 days, before a rash erupts on their face and spreads to the rest of the body.
It can take up to four weeks for symptoms to clear as the rash goes through several stages before eventually falling off.
Most cases are mild, but between one in 10 and one in a 100 people who are infected die from the disease.
In the U.S. New York has the most cases followed by California and Florida — which have both detected three infections.
Colorado and Utah have both spotted two, while Georgia, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington and Pennsylvania have detected one.
There are now signs that the virus is spreading on American soil, after three cases were spotted in ‘close contacts’ of initial patients.
However, the outbreak is much worse globally — particularly in Europe.
Spain has reported the most cases on the continent (208), followed by England (188) and Portugal (119).
WHO chiefs suggest that the continent’s outbreak is linked to unsafe sex at two raves in Spain and Belgium.
Cases are currently mostly among gay and bisexual men, but health chiefs warn there is nothing stopping the disease spreading into other groups.
There are also mounting calls for the outbreak to be contained, with experts saying that if the virus is allowed to continue to spread it could spill over into the animal population — which would become a reservoir.
On Wenesday, the head of the WHO’s European division Dr Hans Kluge called on people to reduce their number of sexual partners to help stem the outbreak.
He also warned that the tropical disease ‘may not be containable’ in Europe as there are still undetected chains of transmission.