"Monkeypox"...Getting infected may lead to a range of complications

23 September, 2022
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"Monkeypox"...Getting infected may lead to a range of complications

African and American doctors have found evidence that infection with monkeypox virus often leads to the development of neurophysiological complications such as the penetration of the smallpox virus into the human body.

An article published by the magazine stated: "Observing patients in Africa, the United States of America and Europe has shown that monkeypox virus often causes depression and neuropathic pain in patients. In some cases, it causes encephalitis, convulsions, and symptoms similar to meningitis, which confirms the need to monitor changes that occur." in the brain of at-risk patients. It is noteworthy that the monkeypox virus, spread last April and May in a number of Western European countries, and on other continents, in addition to the United Kingdom, and infections have been recorded in most countries of Western Europe, as well as in the United States of America, Canada and in the countries of South and Southeast Asia. According to WHO statistics, the total number of monkeypox cases in early September exceeded 53,000, of whom 18 died.

A team of neurophysiologists led by Avindra Nath, a leading researcher at the National Stroke Institute in Bethesda, USA, was interested in the frequent exposure of monkeypox virus carriers to various complications related to the functioning of the nervous system. 

The scientists analyzed all case records collected during the observation of patients who contracted monkeypox viral in the second half of the last century in various African countries, as well as in the United States of America and Europe. This group included data on infections that occurred before and after the onset of the current pandemic.

Subsequent analysis of these data indicated that monkeypox virus was as likely to cause neurophysiological failure as was human smallpox and some early vaccines against the disease. Most of them, including depression and neuropathic pain, were not life-threatening to patients, but in some cases they developed fatal diseases, including encephalitis and meningitis. In particular, two such cases were recorded in the mid-1980s and early 2000s in the United States among young children where 3 fatal complications of encephalitis with convulsions occurred in Nigeria in men aged 28 to 43 years. In addition, encephalitis has claimed the lives of 3 young patients in Spain and India since the beginning of the current pandemic.


The development of these complications, according to scientists, is linked to the virus penetrating the nervous system, which was confirmed by (PCR) tests on the tissues of the deceased, which indicates that the neurophysiological complications associated with infection with monkeypox virus threaten the lives of patients.


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