New monkeypox symptoms discovered in study

Pharmaceutical

The primary characteristics of the current monkeypox outbreak do not align with some of the previous. In a study including 185 cases of monkeypox, pustules are not the predominant symptom, but rather the far less common "pseudo-pustules."

Some of the expected symptoms still stand for this outbreak, including fever and swollen lymph nodes, however minor skin lesions featured with the majority of cases- often first appearing on the genitals, arms, face, hands, and perianal region. These have been labelled pseudo-pustules.

“The primary characteristics of the current monkeypox outbreak do not align with some of the previous“

It was noted that ulcers at the junction of pseudo-pustules and moist inner linings of bodily cavities were also symptoms- mainly around the nose, mouth, or genital regions.

Additionally, it was discovered that if those with HIV had it under control, it had little impact on the nature of the monkeypox.

Dr Ignacio García Doval, coordinator of the research, commented that “a crucial aspect of managing a fast-moving disease outbreak is having as much information as possible. Our research shows that the symptoms of the current outbreak are unusual and there is evidence that this is due to skin-to-skin contact during sex. Rather than the typical widespread rash seen in past cases.”

“No patient involved in this research died and hospitalisation was uncommon, however, the disease is very uncomfortable and can have long-term consequences, including scarring in visible areas.”

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