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

America recorded 16 cases of monkeypox last weekend, bringing the total to 65 when the outbreak hit the 17th state of Ohio

  • Health officials revealed the updated tally that covers the weekend until 2pm Monday
  • Cases have been reported in six states, with the majority in California’s national hotspot
  • Ohio also reported its first case of the virus, but did not provide details for privacy reasons
  • And in Chicago the case count doubled to eight with at least one patient linked to Mr. Leather’s annual conference that took place last month.
  • It comes after a scientist warned yesterday that tropical disease could spread unnoticed in Massachusetts

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

Health officials revealed the updated tally on Tuesday, which covers the period from Friday night through 2pm Monday.

Infections have been reported in six states, with the majority in the California national hotspot, which saw its tally increase from five to 15 patients.

Ohio has also detected its first case of monkeypox in the past three days, although no details have been provided to protect the patient’s privacy.

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

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

But on Monday, a scientist warned that there may already be “undetected transmission chains” in Massachusetts after the state identified two cases that were not linked to another known infection.

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

Monkeypox can be transmitted through SEMEN, scientists say

Monkeypox could be spread through sperm, scientists say.

The medical literature states that the disease is mainly transmitted through contact with infectious skin lesions on patients.

In limited cases it can also be transmitted by air if someone has “sustained” face-to-face 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 also be transmitted via this route.

Researchers from the Spallanzani Institute in Rome said six of the seven patients they checked had sperm containing the genes of the virus.

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

Dr Francesco Vaia, its director general, said: “Having an infectious virus in sperm is a factor that strongly upsets the balance 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 over a three-day period so far, up 160% from the six recorded the previous weekend.

Hawaii also reported two more cases after officials warned that the virus causing the rash was likely spreading “in our community.”

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

Ohio health officials refused to give details of their first case in order to “protect patient privacy.”

Most cases in America are detected between gay and bisexual men and linked to international travel.

But an increasing number is being identified in people who have had close contact with a known patient, or those who are not close contacts and have not traveled recently.

The CDC has so far brushed aside concerns about these cases, however, saying they are likely linked to an undiagnosed case in a traveler.

It also says America has yet to detect any major outbreaks in urban centers, unlike the nations struggling with the disease in Europe.

Dr Bill Hanage, a Harvard University epidemiologist, warned yesterday that monkeypox was already spreading under the radar in Massachusetts.

He told that the state’s latest cases “definitely indicate undetected transmission chains, although at this stage we cannot say whether they are related to the previous case in Massachusetts or are a separate introduction.”

He added: ‘I noticed that [Health officials in the state] they called for “vigilance”. I think it is extremely appropriate.

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

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

Additionally, health officials did not say whether the patients – who hailed from the Boston area – had recently returned from an international trip.

In Rhode Island, health officials said their first case – a man in his thirties – was “believed to be related to a trip to Massachusetts.” It is unclear whether it was linked to the latter cases, the first patient or another yet unidentified chain of transmission.