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Children Under the Age of 8 More Vulnerable to Monkeypox. Researchers

Monkeypox: According to research, children under the age of 8 should be thought of as being at a high risk for developing monkeypox that is more severe.

Monkeypox hasn’t harmed many kids yet, but the danger is higher for kids under 8 years old, per a report published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

There are particular worries about complications and other adverse effects of monkeypox in children notwithstanding the low reported rates in children so far.
Even in high-income nations, children are reportedly more likely to be hospitalised and to die, according to Dr. Petra Zimmermann of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Nigel Curtis of The University of Melbourne.

Children under 8 are particularly at risk of consequences, including potentially deadly bacterial infections, according to research primarily from low-income nations.

According to studies, young children may also be more susceptible to consequences from scratching and transferring the illness to other body areas, such as the eyes.

Nearly 47,000 monkeypox cases with laboratory confirmation had been reported globally as of August.

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Only 211 of these were in children and adolescents under the age of 18.

The monkeypox virus appears to have transmitted most widely in the present outbreak through sexual or other close contact. It is still unknown how other transmission pathways, such as droplets and contaminated surfaces and objects, play a part.

With supportive care, the majority of monkeypox patients will recover.

The study found that severe cases and high-risk populations, particularly children under 8 and those with underlying skin disorders, require more specialised care.

Pregnant individuals, immunocompromised patients, those with eczema, and those who have monkeypox rash around the mouth, eyes, or genitalia are additional risk populations.

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Although the length of protection is unknown, smallpox vaccine is effective in preventing monkeypox.

Again, there is “extremely limited data” to support the use of drugs or vaccines to prevent monkeypox in children who have been exposed to the virus.

Monkeypox can be asymptomatic, thus the outbreak could get out of hand and affect vulnerable populations like young children.

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