Scientists explain why the virus affects men more

O The high number of monkeypox infections remains a mystery to both the general public and scientists. Bisexuals and homosexual men are the most affected groups, and a team of experts is now ascertaining why. The data is based on the UK population.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have a number of sexual partners, including “men who have sex with men” (the official translation of the abbreviation-MSM). Men who have sex with men explain that they are at high risk of monkeypox. Due to the fact that they are a network of limited people. This fact allows the virus to spread faster.

For now, the risk to the general population is low, check the authors of the study.

Studies also explain that the current outbreak of the virus has different epidemiological characteristics and is very different from what happened in the past. They also emphasize the rapid spread among “men who have sex with men”.

The team studied data on patterns of sexual partnership to model the spread of monkeypox not only among men but also outside the group. Since the virus has not yet been confirmed to be contagious, we created models based on different scenarios at different risk levels.

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Some researchers, such as Demetre Daskalakis, director of the US HIV / AIDS Control and Prevention Center, theorize that the virus may eventually find other types of vulnerable groups. Talking to the American Society for the Promotion of Science, experts said that the monkeypox-like virus “Staphylococcus aureus” began to affect homosexual and bisexual men in the early 2000s, eventually leading to athletes and prisoners. I remembered that it had spread to. Monkeypox can also begin to infect sex workers and their customers, he said.

This study has not yet been peer-reviewed and is not yet considered a guide to medical practice. Since the samples are limited to the United Kingdom, these findings may not apply to the world’s population.

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Monkeypox, a family of viruses that cause smallpox, spreads from person to person through injuries, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and close contact with contaminants.

The incubation period is usually 7 to 14 days, and the disease commonly known as monkeypox lasts an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

The disease is endemic in West and Central Africa and is not as dangerous as smallpox.

The Department of Health recommends seeing a doctor if you have ulcerative lesions, skin rashes, palpable lymph nodes, and may be accompanied by fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, or fatigue. To do.

Also read: There are already more than 3200 cases of monkeypox in the world, WHO says.

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