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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-63

2022 Monkeypox outbreaks in endemic and nonendemic nations and the vulnerability of children


1 Deputy Director – Academics, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ed.ed_13_22

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The 2022 monkeypox outbreak in nonendemic nations has emerged as a cause of concern for the public health authorities and international welfare agencies. The outbreaks of monkeypox in the endemic nations of the African region have been reported on a regular basis. However, the outbreak, which started on May 13, 2022, as a single case in the United Kingdom has become a cause of global concern. Moreover, the sudden detection of cases that has been distributed worldwide indicates undetected transmission for quite some time, and this is a cause of concern for public health professionals. It has been identified that children possess a higher risk to develop severe symptoms when compared with population groups of adolescents or adults. To conclude, the monkeypox outbreak in 2022 has been reported in both endemic and nonendemic nations. The outbreak in nonendemic nations has been quite atypical, with variable clinical presentation, and the absence of a history of travel to endemic nations. The need of the hour is to take prompt steps to spread awareness about the disease and interrupt the chain of transmission through the implementation of preventive measures.


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