Monkeypox Virus In Saliva: As per a new study conducted on monkeypox virus, it has been found that its strain was detected in the infected patient’s saliva and semen.
The above study was carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) which was later published in latest issue of Euro surveillance magazine scientific publication, Eurosurveillance on surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control of infectious diseases.
Although, it’s known that the main form of transmission of monkeypox virus happens through contact with infected lesions, the spread of the disease can also happen through saliva and semen (sexual fluids). And this is how it explains the growing incidences of monkeypox virus in large numbers.
Global Health conducted the real time monitoring of the monkeypox virus in the recent past. The study says that there are over 13,200 active cases globally. The countries with the highest number of monkeypox cases are Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain.
The above research was originally carried out with 145 samples that hailed from 12 patients of different countries and regions.
After a proper clinical study was conducted, high viral loads was detected in all 12 samples of saliva and skin lesions from the patients. In addition to the above, DNA was also detected in 11 of 12 rectal swabs.
This is what Aida Peiró, a research fellow at ISGlobal has to say, ” Some previous studies had already shown the occasional presence of viral DNA in some samples and in some patients, but here we show that viral DNA is frequently present in various biological fluids, particularly in saliva, during the acute phase of the disease and up to 16 days after the onset of symptoms in a patient,” She said.
She further said, “Our results contribute to a better understanding of a likely complex transmission conundrum and underscore other immediate areas of research, such as the infectivity of body fluids, the frequency of secondary and asymptomatic cases, or the impact of social and behavioral factors that affect viral transmission. “ The researcher stated in the original publication.