Monkeypox: what is the profile of infected people and how can it evolve as the disease progresses

  • André Biernath
  • BBC News Brazil

Monkeypox seen under an electron microscope.

image sources, CDC/Reuters


Monkeypox seen under an electron microscope.

Men under the age of 40 who have sex with men are most affected by the monkeypox virus in the first months since cases began to spread around the world.

Experts warn that this does not mean that other people are safe from the threat: as the virus spreads around the world, it tends to infect more and more people than do not correspond to this initial profile.

In the United States, for example, the first two cases of this infection in babies have already been detected.

“It’s a matter of weeks before we start seeing more cases in other groups, like heterosexuals or children,” predicts Dr Nésio Fernandes, president of Brazil’s National Council of Health Secretaries.

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