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Monkeypox Virus Found in Various Locations

October 2, 2022 • 2:23 pm CDT
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A recent analysis published by the peer-review journal The Lancet concluded 'monkeypox virus (MPXV) viral loads from skin and mucosa suggest that transmission most likely occurs through direct body contact rather than through the respiratory route or contact with body fluids. 

Announced on September 29, 2022, this new review of 356 samples from fifty men in France infected with MPXV shows that viral DNA detection was more frequent from the skin (88% of men), throat (77%), and anus (71%) swabs, than from semen (54%), blood (29%), or urine (22%).

'If this transmission continues, monkeypox cases are likely to increase in numbers outside of the community of men who have sex with men,' wrote a related commentary.

And the U.S. CDC reported ...'anyone could catch the virus through close contact with someone who is infected or with contaminated materials.'

As of September 30, 2022, the CDC had confirmed 25,851 MPXV cases and two related fatalities in the USA.

Globally, over 106 locations had reported 68,428 MPXV cases and 26 fatalities.

The good news is the 2-dose monkeypox prevention JYNNEOS® vaccine (IMVANEX®, IMVAMUNE®) has become more available.

Other outbreak news is posted at Monkeypox Today.