The National Institutes of Health (RIVM) of the Netherlands has announced the identification of the first case of baby monkeypox, escalating the total count to 352 cases, as of Monday. This rare viral infection is capable of human-to-human transmission, with a wide range of severity. The medical community, however, has not speculated sexual violence as the source of infection in this child of primary school age.
It is worth noting that a significant proportion of those infected with monkeypox in the Netherlands, according to the RIVM, were men who engaged in same-sex intercourse. The British Health Agency, on the other hand, disavowed the possibility of sexually transmitted infection and instead emphasized close contact with an infected person as the primary route of transmission.
Monkeypox is notorious for its initial symptoms, which include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. Patients may develop a rash that begins on the face and then spreads to other body parts. Over time, the rash transforms and undergoes various stages before ultimately forming a scab that eventually falls off.