US: Monkeypox detected in toddler, infant

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A news agency has been quoted as saying that cases of viral disease in the United States have been identified for the first time in children- a toddler in California and an infant who is not a US resident.

This is the first time that the disease has been detected in kids. Cases of this viral disease have been increasing for some months in different countries. India too has reported three cases of Monkeypox. All the cases have been reported in Kerala.

Monkeypox is a viral disease which occurs in animals and spreads to human beings when they come in close contact with infected animals.

 The disease is endemic to Western and Central Africa was first detected in 1958, and since then outbreaks have been reported periodically in many non-endemic countries.

While the disease may turn severe in children, adolescents and adults usually have milder symptoms.

The sudden appearance of Monkeypox in many countries, where the disease is not endemic, at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for some time, the World Health Organisation had recently said.

As per the WHO estimation, one to ten per cent of the patients will have severe infection including mortality.


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