Italian researchers, the first in the world, have discovered the presence of the monkeypox virus in sperm, in a form capable of replication
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The virus responsible for the monkeypox can be here I’m in seminal fluid of a person affected by this disease, in a form capable of replication. The first researchers in the world discovered it.Spallanzani Institute of Rome.
Monkey pox, virus isolated in sperm
In a note Spallanzani explains that the monkeypox virus was isolated from seminal fluid taken from a patient six days after the onset of fever. The virus has proven itself capable of infecting and replicating in the laboratory.
So far the presence of the genetic material of the virus has been detected in the seminal fluid of six of the seven patients studied at the Roman Institute, but in this case the virus has also been isolated in cell culture.
“Spallanzani continues in his great performances. Our researchers have discovered, first in the world, that the virus responsible for monkeypox may be present in semen. I want to thank them and I also want to thank the new director of virology Fabrizio Maggi “, commented the director of Spallanzani Francesco Vaia.
Monkeypox virus in semen: what it means
Researchers from the Spallanzani Institute in Rome are conducting further studies on the duration and persistence of the virus responsible for monkeypox in sperm and other biological materials.
The aim is to get to fully understand i transmission mechanisms human-to-human monkeypox virus.
The discovery made by researchers from the Spallanzani Institute in Rome
The discovery of the Italian researchers could in particular shed light on the role of sexual transmission of the virus, which was hypothesized in the context of the current outbreak which involved over a thousand cases in 28 countries around the world.
Monkeypox, where are the reported cases
According to the data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the last update of 8 June, they are 1,285 the cases of monkeypox reported so far in 28 countries of the world where disease is not endemic.
Most of the cases that emerged were reported in Europe and in North America: 321 in the UK, 259 in Spain, 191 in Portugal, 113 in Germany, 110 in Canada, 66 in France, 54 in the Netherlands, 40 in the United States, 29 in Italy.
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