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Monkeypox and lupus

Mungmunpuntipantip, Rujittika1,; Wiwanitkit, Viroj2,3,4

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D Y Patil Journal of Health Sciences 11(1):p 66, January-March 2023. | DOI: 10.4103/DYPJ.DYPJ_65_22
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Dear Editor

New zoonotic pox diseases have emerged, posing a global concern in addition to the well-known pox infections.[1] Owing to possible transmission from animal to human, an extremely rare variant of pox known as monkeypox has resurfaced and re-emerged.[1] After spreading over Europe and North America, monkeypox constituted a substantial threat to public health by 2022.[2] Monkeypox is an uncommon strain of the lesser-known pox that has resurfaced due to zoonosis. Human-to-human transmission is now being studied and there is a high probability.[1] As the number of cases reported in various countries rise in many countries around the world, the international medical community is concerned. Considering this, cautious planning to coincide with a potential monkeypox outbreak is important. It is critical to focus on acquiring new information regarding the ailment to ensure that the illness is eradicated. As a result of the latest outbreak, medical concerns have resurfaced. The clinical link between infection and transplant recipient is rarely recognized in transplantation medicine. To the best of our knowledge, only one instance of monkeypox in a lupus patient has been documented in the previous literature.[3] Among 34 instances, one male case with underlying lupus nephritis was published in 2015.[3] In this example, the clinical presentation is usual, with a fever and a skin rash, and the patient recovers entirely.[3] There are no signs that the situation is deteriorating. However, as previously said, the amount of information about lupus sufferers is relatively limited. Because a change in white blood immune cells, lymphocytes, and platelets is a common sign of monkeypox, it has the potential to exacerbate an abnormal scenario in a monkeypox patient who also has lupus. The connection between monkeypox and lupus is now being investigated.

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3. Huhn GD, Bauer AM, Yorita K, Graham MB, Sejvar J, Likos A, et al. Clinical characteristics of human monkeypox, and risk factors for severe disease. Clin Infect Dis 2005;41:1742-51
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