New York health officials this week reported the first known case of monkeypox in the state in a patient under the age of 18.
A new weekly Monkeypox case summary from the New York State Department of Health confirmed that the affected person resides outside of New York City, but did not specify where in the state the case originated. been reported.
Due to patient confidentiality, the data (pdf) did not specify whether the data subject was a child or an adolescent.
The case is one of approximately 2,800 monkeypox cases in New York state, the vast majority of which — 2,596 cases — are in New York City, according to the New York Department of Health as of August 19.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that does not usually cause serious illness, but can still lead to hospitalization or death. In this year’s outbreak, cases of monkeypox involved a rash often localized to the genital and perianal regions. Other symptoms may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and pain when swallowing. Most cases last two to four weeks. The condition has spread mainly among the LGBT population.
Cases of monkeypox in children were first reported in July, in a toddler in California and an infant who does not reside in the United States. They received antiviral treatments for the disease.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in late July that the two children’s cases could be traced to “individuals who come from men who have sex with men.” community, the community of gay men. She noted that the cases, which were unlinked and occurred in California and Washington, DC, may be the result of domestic transmission, but did not specify the link.
The United States has recorded more than 14,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus as of August 18.
Reports indicate that a ninth pediatric case of monkeypox was reported on August 17, which also marked the first such case in the state of Oregon.
New York, California and Illinois each declared states of emergency following last month’s monkeypox outbreak.
So far this year, there have been over 35,000 cases of monkeypox in over 90 countries and 12 deaths.
Separately, a report from The Lancet medical journal earlier this month detailed what is believed to be the first recorded case of human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox. The case was reported in France, in a pet dog of a male homosexual couple aged 44 and 27, who slept with the dog.