Over 30 children test positive for monkeypox in US, 9 cases in Texas alone

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In a worrisome trend, more than 30 children have tested positive for monkeypox in the United States, reported ABC news. The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed at least 18,417 people have tested positive for monkeypox in the ongoing outbreak across the nation.

Children below the age of 8 are more vulnerable to develop severe illness if infected with monkeypox, the CDC had warned in a health alert.

“11 U.S. states and jurisdictions have reported monkeypox cases among children. Texas alone has identified nine pediatric cases of monkeypox,” state officials told ABC news.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The symptoms include lesions which usually begin within one to three days from the onset of fever, lasting for around two to four weeks and are often described as painful until the healing phase when they become itchy.

A notable predilection for palm and soles is characteristic of monkeypox. Both the CDC and the world health watchdog have said that there is no proof that monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease and anyone can test positive through prolonged close contact.

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MONKEYPOX CASES ON RISE

The infection has been detected in 50 U.S. states with California and New York topping the chart with 3,291 and 3,273 infections, respectively.

Two days back, Texas reported the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox. The unidentified person died in Harris County, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said.

Cases of monkeypox have also been reported in Florida among children, officials said. The health department said three children- below the age of 14- have tested positive for the infection and the cases have been reported from Brevard Country, Martin and Monroe.

According to WHO, more than 41,600 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 96 countries, including at least 12 deaths. The US has reported the maximum number of infections.

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