A man who hadn’t had sex in months caught monkey pox after going to a crowded outdoor event. Experts say intimacy remains the most common way the virus spreads.

The unnamed man in his twenties attended an outdoor event and two weeks later developed a smallpox rash.Matt Cardy/Getty Images

  • A man was diagnosed with monkey pox after attending an outdoor event, according to a report.

  • Most people in the current outbreak have contracted monkeypox through sexual activity with an infected person.

  • The case is unusual and should not be cause for concern, said the report’s lead author.

A man who had not had sex for months was diagnosed with monkeypox after attending a mass outdoor event, in what an investigator described as a “rare” case.

According to a research letter published Monday in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the unnamed man in his twenties from the United States developed a rash two weeks after attending a large outdoor event in the United Kingdom . The rash appeared on the left palm, knuckles on both hands, lip and torso.

His rash was swabbed and he was diagnosed with monkey pox. The man had no other symptoms typical of monkeypox, the report said. Typical symptoms may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue, as well as lesions on the genitals and anus.

Most cases of monkeypox in the current outbreak have been caused by sexual contact

The man’s case is unusual because the vast majority of the 39,434 cases of monkeypox reported since May outside areas where the disease is endemic have been in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, who have had intimate sexual contact, according to the authors. of the report said.

The man identified as bisexual, but told emergency room doctors when he returned to the US that he had not had any sexual encounters during his travels or in the previous three months, according to the report.

Anyone can catch monkeypox, including by: rubbing against a smallpox rash with bare skin, touching contaminated objects, and ingesting respiratory secretions, such as saliva, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts told Insider that the virus is being spread primarily through close contact in the current outbreak, particularly sexual activity, although it is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease.

The longer one spends with an infected person, the greater the risk of transmission, Dr. Jake Dunning, a senior researcher at the Institute of Pandemic Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK, told Insider in a interview before the publication of the report. .

Abraar Karan, an infectious disease researcher at Stanford University and lead author of the report, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the case “shouldn’t be cause for concern in the sense that it remains a very rare event.”

“The vast majority of transmission is still through high-risk sexual networks and high-risk sexual exposure,” he said.

The risk of catching monkey pox at the events is low

In that case, the man attended an event not attended primarily by men who have sex with men, where he danced near others in “sleeveless T-shirts and shorts” for “a few hours” at a time. He was wearing pants and a short-sleeved T-shirt, according to the report. He attended other similar outdoor events over a four-day period.

“Rubbing with someone partially dressed in a pit for several hours could increase the risk, but the risk of the average concert-goer getting smallpox is quite low at this point,” said Dr Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of medicine and infectious. disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, told Insider.

The man had also taken two flights and traveled on crowded public trains, the report said.

Chin-Hong said that surfaces were “not a good way” to catch monkeypox and that respiratory spread was “very unlikely with a short transit trip even if monkeypox becomes more common in the general population”.

Keith Neal, emeritus professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, UK, said planes were “even safer” than the tube or buses because of the air filtration systems.

The man’s symptoms resolved without treatment 26 days after they started, the report said.

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