US: first two cases of monkeypox in children
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US: first two cases of monkeypox in children

In Europe, there have been at least six cases of monkeypox among boys aged 17 and younger

American health officials have formalized two cases of monkeypox involving children. One is in California while the other does not reside in the United States but was tested while in Washington. The two children were described as being in good health and being treated.

How they contracted the disease is being investigated, but officials think it was through domestic transmission. In addition to the two pediatric cases, health officials said they were aware of at least eight women among the more than 2,500 cases in the United States reported so far.

The virus is mainly spread among men who have homosexual relationships but Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC said it was not “surprising” to see cases “occasionally” in other categories of people as well. Officials said the virus can spread through close personal contact and through towels and sheets. This means that it can happen in homes, possibly through prolonged or intense contact. In Europe, there have been at least six cases of monkeypox among boys aged 17 and younger.