According to a recent study, monkeypox is evolving at a “accelerated rate,” changing much more swiftly than was previously thought.
The research, which was published in the medical journal Nature Medicine, revealed that the virus’s mutation rate was six to twelve times higher than previously believed.
A virus would typically experience mutations once or twice a year.
Monkeypox patients are often feverish, have swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and muscular pains.
A rash develops following the signs, starting on the person’s face or mouth and then spreading to other areas of their body, particularly their hands and feet.
In other more recent instances, however, patients first noticed a rash in their mouth, around their genitalia, or on their anus.
And other patients noticed sporadic or localised lesions elsewhere outside the face, hands, or feet in place of widespread rashes.
Sometimes, flu-like symptoms appeared after the rash, although in other cases, they were completely absent.
Strange symptoms have been reported in patients in the United States who had not previously been linked to monkeypox.
Some individuals had pain in or near the anus and rectum, rectal haemorrhage, proctitis, or the sensation of wanting to urinate while having an empty bowel.
Although the committee had some divergent opinions, they eventually came to the understanding that the outbreak is not yet a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to a statement from WHO.