The World Health Organization on Saturday declared monkeypox a global health emergency as cases continue to rise, including two infections in children.
While news of children catching the disease is frightening for parents, experts say the likelihood of an outbreak in children is remote.
“The chances of a child catching it were very small, but there’s no reason why[monkeypox]couldn’t infect children,” said Dr. Stanford Children’s Health’s Yvonne Maldonado told CBS Bay Area.
Until recently, monkeypox appeared to primarily affect a specific population. “If you look at the epidemiology, it’s currently heavily weighted, although not exclusively, for men who have sex with other men,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the President’s chief medical adviser, previously noted.
One of the ways a person can contract monkeypox is through prolonged contact with an infected person, such as B. Skin-to-skin contact.
“I think people need to be very careful when in contact with people who are at high risk of exposure,” Maldonado warned.
While some adults are lining up to protect themselves against the disease, children don’t have the same opportunity to get vaccinated against monkeypox.
“The studies for this vaccine were really done in adults, so we don’t have a lot of data in children, and we need to collect more data there so we know what to do for children,” explained Dr. Maldonado.
For now, concerned parents can watch for signs of monkeypox infection if their children experience symptoms such as a rash, chills, malaise, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.
Since monkeypox can be transmitted from animals to humans, parents should avoid contact of their children with rodents, monkeys and sick animals.
Children should also wash their hands with soap and water, use alcohol-based sanitizers, and avoid infected people.
As of Friday, the CDC reported 2,891 cases of monkeypox in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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