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First Two CHILD Monkeypox Cases Confirmed in US, Both Had “Contact” With Gay or Bisexual Men


Two children have tested positive for monkeypox in the United States, according to the CDC.

This is the first time monkeypox has been detected among children in the US.

One is a toddler in California while the other infant is not a US resident and was ‘transiting through’ Washington D.C., officials said.

While it’s unclear how the children caught the virus or their symptoms, they’re reportedly ‘doing well’ and likely were infected by ‘household contacts.’

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said both children had ‘contact’ with gay or bisexual men.

There was also a 10-year-old in the Netherlands who tested positive for monkeypox.

The Daily Mail reported:

It is thought both children likely caught the virus from ‘household contacts’.

Dr Rochelle Walensky said the children both had contact with gay or bisexual men — the community where most cases are being detected in the current outbreak.

It was not clear when they caught the virus, or what symptoms they suffered.

They are receiving the antiviral TPOXX, which can help stop an infection in its tracks by interfering with the virus’s maturation.

They are the first cases among children to be detected in America. There are currently more than 2,500 cases of monkeypox in the U.S. — the second biggest outbreak in the world behind only Spain with 3,000.

A boy under 10 years old tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands in June, as was revealed this week. The Dutch child suffered more than 20 red lesions on his face, forearms and thighs but had no fever or swollen lymph nodes — with the infection mostly clearing within a week.

“We have seen now two cases that have occurred in children,” Walensky said at a virtual event for the Washington Post.

“Both of these are traced back to individuals who come from the men-who-have-sex-with-men community, the gay men’s community,” she added.

“In a press release, the agency said: ‘CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how the children became infected,” the Daily Mail added.

Will law enforcement investigate how these children contracted monkeypox?

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