Monkeypox latest: Two symptoms not previously known to be typical features of infection

It is important to note that while monkeypox is a threat to human discomfort and in some cases human life, that it is not another version of COVID-19; there is no expectation of a return to restrictions of the kind seen in 2020. However, this does not mean people should be wary of the virus and becoming infected with it. As global case numbers rise further towards the 17,000 marker, more people are reporting their gruesome experiences of a virus that has the potential to cause significant disruption.

As the current outbreak continues, scientists are beginning to learn more and more about the virus, not just in terms of how it is spread, but how it has changed.

This has been the focus of a study published in the British Medical Journal, one whose purpose was to study how monkeypox has changed since the last outbreak.

Their results suggest that monkeypox has changed slightly in succeeding years.

Findings from the study were based on analysis of 197 monkeypox patients based in the UK.

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The authors discovered, unlike previous versions of monkeypox, that this time the virus caused solitary lesions and swollen tonsils.

As a result, they fear someone presenting with these symptoms could be misdiagnosed and treated for the wrong condition.

While this opens up the door to a greater understanding of monkeypox, the researchers said there were several caveats.

These included the observational nature of the study, the potential variability in the keeping of medical records, and the fact their patients were from a single medical centre.


Should the general public be worried?

Not very, monkeypox is very difficult to catch and lacks the transmissibility advantage of COVID-19.

Is it limited to LGBTQ+ men?

No; although the majority of cases have been found in this community, anyone can catch the condition.