February 7, 2023

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Monkeybox is a new variant discovered in India

Toluca, State of Mexico, August 07, 2022.-

AHealth authorities in India have reported two cases of monkeypox infection with the new A.2 virus, which is already under strict surveillance.

Nine cases of monkey fever and one death due to viral zoonosis have been reported in the country so far. This has led to intensive monitoring and new guidelines to avoid a global public health emergency in the country, which is recovering from a severe period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) have reported that the first two cases of monkeypox they detected were in two people who had returned from the United Arab Emirates. A.2.

The study indicates that the A.2 strain is different from the strain that causes monkey fever in Europe.

Two cases diagnosed from the United Arab Emirates had fever, myalgia, and genital lesions. Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swab samples, blood, serum, urine and lesions were collected from both cases only on the ninth day.

Although the A.2 strain of monkeypox has been detected in the United States since last year, it is not among critical groups because the current outbreak is driven by the B.1 virus.

The study revealed that both cases were infected with monkeypox virus strain A.2 of the West African clade 3 hMPXV-1a lineage, which is less virulent than the Central African clade lineage.

The document also explains that people who are not sexually active can also be infected with the virus. In one of the cases reported in India, the person had similar injuries among friends and a history of contact with a suspected case of monkeypox.

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With information from El Financiero.