Monkeypox virus strain A.2 has been detected in two travellers from the UAE in Pune by the ICMR-NIV

Two cases were infected with Monkeypox virus strain A.2 which is related to the hMPXV-1A clade 3 . Both cases showed no signs of sexual encounter .

Pune (Maharashtra) (India), August 7: The Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology analyzed two monkeypox cases of travelers returning from the UAE on Friday.The analysis revealed that two cases were infected with Monkeypox virus strain A.2 which is related to the hMPXV-1A clade 3, according to the study.The research included details about two cases where a 35-year-old male and a 31- Both cases showed no signs of sexual encounter, and the background of the first male revealed a pattern of similar lesions among his associates and contact with a possible Monkeypox disease.Case 1: On July 5, 2022, a 35-year-old male UAE resident developed low-grade fever and myalgia.On the next day, he developed multiple vesicular rashes in the oral cavity and lips, followed by a single lesion on the genital organ.The lesions were umbilicated with the size of 0.5 to 0.8 cm, and the analysis revealed the origin of the first infection.Another case of a 32-year-old male from Dubai, UAE came to his hometown Kerala on July 13, 2022, and tested positive for Monkeypox.

According to the study, he developed multiple vesicular rashes on the genital organ and on both hands on the next day.By July 15, 2022, the lesions progressed and spread to the face, back, neck, and forearm, indicating cervical lymphadenopathy.He had no co-morbidity and had no sexual or physical contact with the suspected or confirmed MPXV case, it stated.On the ninth post-onset day of illness, i.e., July 13, 2022 and July 16, 2022, samples from multiple locations (lesion fluid, lesion roof, and lesion base) of both cases were collected.