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Monkeypox Italy, Clementi: “Studying its diffusion and not letting cases slip away”

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The level of international attention on monkeypox rises after the latest cases detected in different parts of the world, even in areas not endemic for the disease. And after the first Italian case, investigations are also intensifying in the country. How do you move now? “It will be necessary to study the diffusion and the most important thing is the diagnosis: that no case escapes, to understand if it is a phenomenon that has a wide diffusion. I assume that it is not so”. Massimo Clementi, director of the Microbiology and Virology Laboratory of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, explains this to Adnkronos Salute. “Monkeypox – he points out – has been a minimal threat so far and therefore, if there are no paradigm changes, it will remain so with sporadic cases in countries where there is a prevalence of these animals. So far there have been very few cases. What has surprised lately is that people who have not made travel have become ill. But making a hypothesis about this is difficult, until we have enough information on these cases. areas at risk. “These are not serious cases like smallpox was before vaccination – Clementi points out – And transmissibility is not high”. Health authorities are also focusing on the fact that a significant cluster has been detected among young men having sex with men (MSM). “But I don’t think it has that much to do with it – speculates the virologist – It could also be a diffusion of another type. I repeat, however, that at the moment we do not have enough information, especially on these cases that do not have a positive anamnesis for endemic countries. We will have to continue to deepen “.

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