America recorded 16 cases of monkeypox this past weekend, bringing the total to 65

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America recorded 16 cases of monkeypox this past weekend, bringing the total to 65

America recorded 16 cases of monkeypox this past weekend, bringing the total to 65 as the outbreak hits the seventeenth state of Ohio

  • Health officials unveiled the updated tally, which covers the weekend through 2pm Monday
  • Cases have been reported in six states, most of them in the national hotspot of California
  • Ohio also reported its first case of the virus but didn’t provide details due to privacy concerns
  • And in Chicago, the number of cases doubled to eight, with at least one patient linked to the annual Mr. Leather conference held last month
  • It comes after a scientist yesterday warned the tropical disease could be spreading undetected in Massachusetts

Another 16 cases of monkeypox were detected in the United States this weekend, bringing the total number of cases of the rare disease to 65.

Health officials unveiled the updated tally on Tuesday, which covers the period from Friday evening to 2 p.m. Monday.

Infections were reported in six states, most in the national hotspot of California – where the number rose by five to 15 patients.

Ohio also discovered its first case of monkeypox in the past three days, although no details were given regarding the patient’s privacy.

Cases in Chicago doubled to eight patients, with at least one case in Illinois’ largest city linked to the annual Mr. Leather fetish conference held last month.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are scrambling to contain the outbreak before the tropical disease takes hold in the United States

But on Monday, a scientist warned that there could already be “undetected chains of transmission” in Massachusetts after the state discovered two cases unrelated to any other known infection.

Globally, more than 1,600 cases have been detected in more than four dozen countries outside of its native West Africa – most of them in Britain (470), Spain (307) and Portugal (209).

According to scientists, monkeypox can be transmitted through SPERM

Monkeypox could be spread through semen, scientists say.

The medical literature states that the disease is mainly transmitted by touching infectious skin lesions in patients.

In limited cases, it can also be airborne if someone has had “sustained” direct contact with an infected person.

But now scientists in Italy say they have detected fragments of the virus in the semen of a handful of patients, suggesting it could be transmitted this way as well.

Researchers at the Spallanzani Institute in Rome said six out of seven patients they studied had semen containing genes for the virus.

There was enough virus in one sample to suggest it could infect another patient.

dr Francesco Vaia, its director general, said: “The presence of an infectious virus in semen is a factor that tilts the balance strongly in favor of the hypothesis that sexual transmission is one of the ways in which this virus is transmitted.”

Today’s case update is the biggest increase so far in a three-day period, up 160 percent from the six recorded over the weekend earlier.

Hawaii also reported two more cases after officials there warned that the virus, which causes the rash, is likely spreading “in our community.”

There was one case each in Colorado, Georgia and Ohio.

Ohio health officials declined to provide details of her first case to “protect the patient’s privacy.”

Most cases in America are found in gay and bisexual men and are associated with international travel.

But a growing number is being detected in people who have been in close contact with a known patient, or in those who are not in close contact and have not traveled recently.

However, the CDC has so far assuaged concerns about these cases, saying they are likely related to an undiagnosed case in a traveler.

It also said that unlike nations battling the disease in Europe, America has not yet seen major outbreaks in urban centers.

Yesterday Dr. Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, suggested that monkeypox was probably already spreading under the radar in Massachusetts.

He told DailyMail.com that the state’s recent cases “certainly point to undetected chains of transmission, although we cannot say at this time whether they are related to the previous Massachusetts case or represent a separate introduction.”

He added: “That caught my eye [Health officials in the state] have called for “vigilance”. I find it very appropriate.

“People should be aware of the symptoms – fever, swollen lymph nodes and rash – but also remember that the rash may not look like the photos in the newspapers of people suffering from a different strain of the virus, with an extensive widespread rash.’

On Sunday, the state reported two cases in men who were in close contact with one another but were unrelated to its first patient, who was reported about a month ago.

Health officials also didn’t say if the patients – who were from the Boston area – had recently returned from international travel.

In Rhode Island, health officials said her first case – a man in his 30s – “is believed to be related to trips to Massachusetts.” It’s not clear if he has been linked to these recent cases, the first patient, or some other, as yet unidentified, chain of transmission.

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