A man in California was infected with both coronavirus and monkeypox at the same time, according to reports.
Mitcho Thompson developed lesions on his body last month that showed signs of the monkeypox virus and claimed that doctors were certain he had both COVID-19 and the monkeypox virus, which made him sick for weeks. Thompson claimed he had red marks on his body after testing positive for coronavirus.
Doctors have explained it as a rare case. The reports come as World Health Organization (WHO) experts debate whether to declare monkeypox a global health emergency.
According to a recent study, the monkeypox virus spreads through sexual activity in at least 95% of cases.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that communities were facing life-threatening discrimination and that “men who have sex with men could be stigmatized or blamed for the outbreak.”
The monkeypox virus has struck Europe and the United States hard, with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reporting at least 7,896 confirmed cases on the European continent.
Spain is Europe’s worst-affected country, with over 2,800 cases, followed by Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal.
The first case of monkeypox in the UK was discovered on May 6, and the country has since confirmed 2,137 cases, including in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England.
There have been 2,050 confirmed monkeypox cases in England, with a high proportion reported among London residents.