Monkeypox is spreading rapidly throughout the world. Since May, there were 16,836 cases recorded in 74 countries, as of July 22, according to the CDC. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency, as cases continue to spread.
To date, the outbreak remains concentrated among men who have sex with men. As a result, many people have classified it as an STD. However, anyone can get monkeypox, especially if they have direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
While experts are still researching its potential to become a well-established STD, not many believe it behaves like it does.
On July 22, the CDC confirmed that two children had been confirmed to have monkeypox in unrelated cases.
After that, some began to question which groups could begin to influence them as they continued to spread.
Took Green on Twitter After the news, he said, “If monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease, why do children get it?”
NEWSWEEK I contacted Green for comment.
She’s not the only one who has expressed concern lately.
Another Twitter user, Alex Dodds, said: “Am I the only parent reading about #cocktail Are you starting to worry that it will spread to all primary schools this fall? It is *not* an STD, and it reads more like hand, foot, and mouth. I’m not a public health official, but it seems really weird, it’s currently being painted as an LGBTQ+ issue.”
Dennis Dewald wrote on Twitter: “Monkeypox will spread among children and the general population and will be transmitted through nurseries and schools. It is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is like MRSA. This is not rocket science.”
However, experts said NEWSWEEK This outbreak is not likely to cause a problem among children.
Professor Eyal Leshem, infectious disease specialist and director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, said, NEWSWEEK That in previous monkeypox outbreaks, data indicated an “increased risk” in children, especially younger children. However, it is unlikely to spread quickly among children in this current outbreak.
“When we look at the epidemiology of the current outbreak, we see that it is not highly transmitted. In other words, most cases were infected through skin-to-skin contact of an active patient, not through respiratory secretions, droplets, or airborne infections,” Lechem said. That rapid diffusion in educational settings, for example, is a highly transferable scenario.”
Leshem said the cases recorded so far are also “community cases” and there has not yet been “an extension into educational settings.”
Prior to the current outbreak, monkeypox was usually only recorded in parts of Central and West Africa.
Dr Hugh Adler, Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: NEWSWEEK The risk to children in “high-income countries” is “incredibly low”.
“Children are at risk of infection [monkeypox] If they have been in close contact with the family for a confirmed case, Adler said, this has rarely happened in the current outbreak. “This should contrast with the situation in West and Central Africa, where cases in children are not uncommon, and are often associated with outbreaks of wild animals. Monkeypox in children can be severe, underscoring the importance of isolating cases and ending this outbreak by identifying the case isolation, contact tracing, and vaccination.”
While the virus can be severe in children, Adler said it was unlikely that monkeypox would spread throughout schools.
“Transportation requires close, long-term contact, [and] There have been no reported outbreaks in schools in any country that I know of.”
Conor Bamford, Research Fellow in Virology and Antiviral Immunology at the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine. NEWSWEEK The outbreak of monkeypox is different from previous epidemics.
“Any spread to new communities or populations such as children would be worrisome because it could increase the number of cases, which could actually lead to worse disease or even easier sustained spread,” Bamford said.
“However, because the latter variant of MPXV differs from the previous variants we studied, it is not clear exactly how it might affect children. Infected children were observed in this outbreak but did not appear to be at greater risk of developing serious disease or spreading it later, on Although the numbers are very low.”
“In previous outbreaks with other variants in Africa, it was observed that children died. In addition, children may interact with other vulnerable groups such as pregnant women. However, we know that there are vulnerable people in all societies including [men who have sex with men]. “