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Myocarditis may be attributable to monkeypox infection

A new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, found that myocardial infiltration could cause myocarditis during monkeypox virus infection. Study: Myocarditis Attributable to Monkeypox Virus Infection in 2 Patients, United States, 2022. Image Credit: Lightspring/Shutterstock The article reported that two monkeypox virus-infected immunocompetent…

Virology of the human monkeypox virus

The first case of the human monkeypox virus (hMPXV) was confirmed by the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in an individual traveling back from Nigeria on 7th May 2022. This patient developed rashes a few days before traveling to…

The potential global risk of monkeypox importation

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* server, a team of researchers hypothesized various scenarios of travel restrictions to estimate the potential global risk of monkeypox virus (MPXV) importation. Study: Impact of airline travel network on the global importation…

Evidence A.2 lineage of monkeypox is mutating

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, a team of researchers from India analyzed the whole genome sequences of the monkeypox virus isolated from monkeypox patients with and without international travel histories to understand the phylogenetic relations…

Monkeypox infection in a smallpox-vaccinated patient

In a recent study published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center assessed the characteristics of monkeypox infection in a patient vaccinated against smallpox. In Summer 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Vaccines used to prevent monkeypox

The monkeypox virus is a DNA virus that belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus. This genus comprises other viruses such as camelpox, cowpox, raccoonpox, skunkpox, variola, and vaccinia. While monkeypox was initially discovered in 1958 in monkeys, rodents are known to be its…