- A man was diagnosed with monkeypox after attending an outdoor event, according to a report.
- Most people in the current outbreak have contracted monkeypox through sexual activity with an infected person.
- The case is unusual and should not be a cause for concern, the lead author of the report said.
A man who had not had sex for months was diagnosed with monkeypox after attending a crowded outdoor event, in what one researcher described as a “rare” case.
The anonymous man in his twenties from the USA developed a rash two weeks after attending a large, crowded outdoor event in the UK, according to an investigative letter published in the Emerging infectious diseases Daily on Monday. The rash appeared on his left palm, knuckles on both hands., lip and torso.
A sample of his rash was taken and diagnosed as monkeypox. The man had no other typical symptoms of monkeypoxthe report said. Typical symptoms may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and tiredness, as well as injuries on the genitals and anus.
Most cases of monkeypox in the current outbreak have been caused by sexual contact
The man’s case is unusual because the vast majority of the 39,434 monkey pox cases reported from May outside areas where the disease is endemic it has been in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, What have they had intimate, sexual contactthe report’s authors said.
The man identified as bisexual but told doctors in the emergency room when he returned to the US that he had not had any sexual encounters during his travels or in the previous three months, according to the report.
Anyone can get monkeypox including by: rubbing against a monkeypox rash with bare skin, touching contaminated objects, and ingesting respiratory secretions, such as saliva, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts told Insider that the virus is spread primarily through close contact in the current outbreak, particularly sexual activity, though it is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease.
The more time you spend with an infected person, the greater the risk of transmission, Dr. Jake Dunning, a senior researcher at the Institute of Pandemic Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK, told Insider in an interview before report will be published. .
Abraar Karan, an infectious disease researcher at Stanford University and lead author of the report said to San Francisco Chroniclethat the case “should not be a cause for concern in the sense that this remains a very rare event.”
“The vast majority of transmission is still through high-risk sexual networking and high-risk sexual exposure,” he said.
Risk of contracting monkeypox at events is low
In this case, the man attended an event not primarily attended by men who have sex with men, where he danced near others wearing “tank tops and shorts” for “a few hours” at a time. He was wearing pants and a short-sleeved T-shirt, according to the report. He went to other similar outdoor events over a period of four days.
“Rubbing against someone partially clothed in a mosh pit for several hours might increase the risk, but the risk of an average concert-goer getting monkeypox is pretty low right now,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine and specialist in infectious diseases. disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, to Insider.
The man also took two flights and rode crowded public trains, according to the report.
Chin-Hong said the surfaces were “not a good way” to catch monkey pox and respiratory spread was “highly unlikely with a short transit trip, even if monkeypox becomes more common in the general population.”
Keith Neal, emeritus professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, UK, said planes were “even safer” than subways or buses due to air filtering systems.
of the man symptom they resolved without any treatment 26 days after they started, according to the report.