No sexually transmitted infections found in 5 monkeypox cases in Delhi, claims study

In five clinically confirmed cases of monkeypox in Delhi, according to a recent study, “no secondary complications or sexually transmitted infections” were noted, with the exception of hepatitis B virus in one case

Sixth monkeypox case reported in Delhi; patient in a stable condition at LNJP Hospital

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The study conducted by 11 authors included researchers from LNJP Hospital and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The study was titled “Clinical presentation, viral kinetics and management of human monkeypox cases from New Delhi, India 2022.”

However, the case report has not been peer reviewed by a journal. It has been published in a preprint platform called Research Square.

“Monkeypox cases suggest the under diagnosed monkeypox infection in the community. This emphasizes the need for active surveillance of MPXV in high risk population such as men having sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW)”, it said.

Five confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported so far in Delhi, the city government stated on 13 August and asserted that the situation is being “continuously monitored.”

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease having common symptoms such as fever, skin lesions, lymphadenopathy, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, chills or sweats and sore throat and cough.

According to the study, all the cases were mild with good recovery.

It stated that all the five cases manifested ‘mild to moderate grade intermittent fever, myalgia and lesions on the genitals, groins, lower limb, trunk and upper limb’.

Four cases showed non-tender firm lymphadenopathy. No secondary complications or sexually transmitted infections were observed in these cases except for Hepatitis B in one case, it stated.

The study described the clinico-demographic, virological follow-up and management of five confirmed monkeypox cases from Delhi that had no international travel history. The samples of oropharyngeal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, blood, serum, urine and various lesion specimens were extracted at every fourth day of follow-up post onset day of illness.

The first case of monkeypox was reported on 24 July in the capital. Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital has been made the nodal facility to treat patients infected with this viral disease.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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