Monkeypox spreading rapidly, Mayo expert says scientists are puzzled

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The number of Monkeypox cases around the world continues to grow.

While there’s no need to be concerned in our area, this outbreak does have scientists puzzled because it’s spreading so rapidly.

Right now, there are about 120 confirmed or suspected cases outside of Africa, across 11 different countries, which has never happened before.

The U.S. confirmed its first case of the rare viral disease this week.

“The majority seem to be happening in gay and bisexual men. That may be a hint toward immunocompromised. It could also mean there’s potentially a mutation in the Monkeypox virus that’s allowing it to spread much more quickly than it has ever been documented to spread before,” said Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Poland says this particular strain of Monkeypox is less severe so it should not be thought of in the same terms as COVID-19.

Symptoms include a fever, backache, and a rash.

Monkeypox spreads when someone comes into close contact with another person, animal or material infected with the virus.