The recent genetic analysis raises the possibility of undetected Monkeypox circulation in the US. The analysis shows the presence of two different strains present in the U.S
Although the widespread strain is similar to the one found in Europe, federal health officials point out the presence of another distinct strain in some cases. Before the recent outbreak, both strains were present in the U.S
Jennifer McQuiston from the CDC says that further evidence is required to estimate how long the virus has been present in the U.S and other countries. However, she assured the public that the Monkeypox virus has not been rapidly circulating in the country.
Officials are concerned about transmissions among communities in the U.S, where the virus is yet to be identified. As the CDC increases the testing rates, more infections will be reported.
Virologists fear increased tests as it would mean that the outbreak will be hard to manage. Another problem for the authorities is the problem of misdiagnosing.
Originally found in Africa, Monkeypox is contracted from the bites of small animals like rodents. It normally doesn’t spread easily among humans.
Europe witnessed an increase in Monkeypox cases last month. Some of those who contracted the virus were international travelers. Health officials are keeping a close eye on the spread of the virus.
Currently, there are 20 Monkeypox cases in the U.S spread across 11 states. As of now most of the reported cases involve men who have sex with men. Officials however say that it can be transmitted among any people. There is a case under investigation where heterosexual women contracted the virus.
Symptoms usually include symptoms similar to flu-like enlargening the lymph nodes which is followed by rashes on the body and face.
So far no deaths relating to Monkeypox have been found in the U.S or Europe. However, this could change if the virus spread to vulnerable groups like children.