New York Health Officials Confirm Child Has Been Infected with Monkeypox

A vaccination campaign for those most at risk, mainly, men who have sex with men, has helped tamp down a monkeypox epidemic. (Credit…Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

Health officials said on Thursday that a child had been infected with monkeypox in New York City, the city’s first known pediatric case.

In the more than three months that monkeypox has been spreading in New York City, the virus has been diagnosed in nearly 3,000 adults, almost all men. The child is a “household contact” of an adult who had also been infected with monkeypox, the officials at the city health department said. They declined to provide more details.

“There is a juvenile case of MPV (or monkeypox) in New York City,” the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, said in a written statement. “While we understand the concerns of families, we also know that the overall risk of exposure for children in the city remains very low.”

In the present outbreak, monkeypox has been spreading mainly through sexual contact between men who have sex with men, epidemiologists say.

The virus spreads through direct contact with the rash or scab of someone sickened by the virus but can also spread through respiratory droplets and through contact with objects such as bedsheets or clothing used by someone with monkeypox.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Joseph Goldstein and Noah Weiland

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