The Neurologic Manifestations of Monkeypox: What Experts Know So Far


Since May 2022, monkeypox cases in the United States and Europe have dramatically increased. Historically, monkeypox cases in these locations during the early half of the 21st century had only been infrequent. Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that was first discovered in humans in 1970. Concerns about the transmission of monkeypox from person to person have been brought up in light of the recent COVID-19 epidemic, particularly given the lack of knowledge surrounding what has been causing the spike in cases.

The widespread transmission of the monkeypox virus has emerged as a new hazard to public health as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transforms to an endemic disease.
Prior until now, endemic nations in west and central Africa were where the monkeypox virus was most frequently found. However, the virus started spreading quickly in April of this year, mostly among men who have sex with men (MSM), with a few cases also affecting other contacts.
The most common manifestations of monkeypox on the face and extremities are typically dermatologic problems, such as skin rashes.3 Neuropsychiatric effects may also be a part of the sequelae, but they have not yet been thoroughly studied or consistently documented in the literature.
The infectious disease specialist W. spoke with Neurology Advisor to provide further light on the potential neurologic symptoms of monkeypox and the reasons they might arise. Caleb McEntire, MD, a clinical fellow in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Ian Lipkin, MD, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York.

 

 

 

 

 


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