Hard-to-recognize symptoms, US authorities warn

The US health authorities warned, on Friday, that the currently detected cases of monkeypox do not necessarily show the usual symptoms that can lead to a difficult diagnosis, stressing that identifying these cases was crucial to limiting the spread of the disease.

We have seen mild cases of monkeypox Sometimes it is limited to certain parts of the body, which is different from what is typically observed in countries where the disease is endemic “in Africa,” Rochelle Walinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), said Friday.

“This has raised concerns that some cases will go undetected,” she said, asking the public and healthcare professionals to exercise extra vigilance.

1300 cases have been registered worldwide

Existing cases do not always present with influenza-like symptoms (fever, etc.) that usually precede the appearance of the rash characteristic of this disease. Also, while these rashes usually appear all over the body, many existing cases are limited to certain areas.

“It is important to know that monkeypox cases can resemble certain sexually transmitted diseases, ‘like herpes,’ and therefore can be misdiagnosed,” said Rochelle Wallinsky.

She added that the United States now has 45 registered cases, which is double compared to last week. No deaths have been reported…

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