Sanitation and Pathological process for Monkeypox Analysis and Avoidance

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Sanitation and Pathological process for Monkeypox Analysis and Avoidance

Sushma TN

Assistant professor, Department of CSE GMIT, Bharathinagara

Mandya, India

Susheela N

Assistant professor, Department of CSE GMIT, Bharathinagara

Mandya, India

AbstractMonkey pox is a zoonotic disease that was once endemic in west and central Africa caused by monkeypox virus. However, cases recently have been confirmed in many nonendemic countries outside of Africa. WHO declared the ongoing monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern on July 23, 2022, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapidly increasing number of confirmed cases could pose a threat to the international community. Here, we review the epidemiology of monkeypox, monkeypox virus reservoirs, novel transmission patterns, mutations and mechanisms of viral infection, clinical characteristics, laboratory diagnosis and treatment measures. In addition, strategies for the prevention, such as vaccination of smallpox vaccine, is also included. Current epidemiological data indicate that high frequency of human-to-human transmission could lead to further outbreaks, especially among men who have sex with men. The development of antiviral drugs and vaccines against monkeypox virus is urgently needed, despite some therapeutic effects of currently used drugs in the clinic. We provide useful information to improve the understanding of monkeypox virus and give guidance for the government and relative agency to prevent and control the further spread of monkeypox virus.


    Monkey pox, an endemic disease in both West and Central Africa, before 2022 outbreak, a few cases were reported outside of Africa and these were associated with imports from endemic countries.15 However, following the initial case diagnosed in the United Kingdom, the number of monkey pox infection have dramatically increased.3,4,68 We are now facing the first multiple countries outbreak most with no clear epidemiological links to the endemic countries.9,10 World Health Organization (WHO) Director General has announced the ongoing monkey pox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).11,12 The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of

    13 September 2022 more than 57,995 confirmed cases had been documented in 100 countries/territories13 (Fig. 1 and Table 1). Monkey pox virus belongs to the Poxviridae familys Orthopoxvirus (OPV) genus, along with variola virus (VARV, also known as smallpox), vaccinia virus (VACV), camel pox virus (CMPV), and cowpox virus (CPXV),1416 all of which are pathogenic for humans. There was 96.3% identity between the monkey pox virus genomes central region, which encodes essential enzymes and structural proteins, and VARVs, which means they are highly genetically similar.17,18 In 1980, the WHO certified that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide after successful vaccination.1922 Monkey pox virus has double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) as its genetic material that resembles brick-like particles ranging in size from 200250 nm in diameter and thus can be seen by electron microscopy (magnified

    approximately ×10,000). In monkey pox virus, there are two genetic clades: West Africa (WA, Clade II) clade and Congo Basin (CB, Clade I) clade, the latter is also known as the Central African (CA) clade and more severe after infection. In 1958, monkeypox virus was first discovered in Copenhagen among laboratory monkeys, and its first monkeypox virus infection of a human occurred in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a 9-month-old child, with suspected smallpox.3335 Monkey pox is endemic in both West Africa and Central Africa since 1970, with a mortality rate between 1 and 10%.36,37 Sequencing analysis of the current outbreak of monkeypox indicates that the virus is Western African in origin. Recently, the number of patients of monkeypox has increased dramatically, provoking great concern.For this epidemic to be controlled, monkeypox virus must be better understood and re- evaluated.50,51 Here, we review the recent investigations on monkeypox, including epidemiology of monkeypox, monkeypox virus reservoirs, novel transmission patterns, mutations and mechanisms of viral infection, clinical characteristics, laboratory diagnosis and treatment measures, as well as prevention of monkeypox infection.


    It was in 1970 that the first patient of human monkeypox was diagnosed in the DRC.33 After that, more than 400 monkeypox patients were documented in Africa between 1970 and 1990. Of these, the vast majority were diagnosed at DRC,28 followed by 6 cases in Central African Republic (CAR),cases in Cameroon,56,57 3 cases in Nigeria,14,58,59 2 cases in Ivory Coast,60 4 cases in Liberia,58 and 1 case each in Sierra Leone and Gabon.56 In 1990, there have been four cases of suspected monkeypox in Cameroon, one of which has been confirmed.61,62 In 1996, the DRC experienced a prolonged outbreak of human monkeypox. Initially, a patient was confirmed in February 1996, and until August of that year, a total of 71 suspected monkeypox cases were reported. As of 1999, over 500 patients of monkeypox were reported in the DRC.61,6365 From February to August 2001, a total of 16 cases of monkeypox were identified in the province of Equateur in the DRC.66 Meanwhile, a study conducted by Anne et al.67 in the DRC from 2001 to 2004 examined vesicle fluids and crusted scabs from 136 people suspected of having monkeypox. They found 51 patients of monkeypox. Human monkeypox attracted little attention worldwide until the first outbreak outside Africa occurred in the United States in 2003.68,69 Forty-seven cases, with confirmed (37 patients) and suspected (10 patients) monkeypox were reported, and all people infected by contact with pet prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.).70 The pets were infected after being in close proximity

    to imported small mammals (African rodents, rope squirrels (Funiscuirus spp.), tree squirrels (Heliosciurus spp.), Gambian giant rats (Cricetomys spp.), brushtail porcupines (Atherurus spp.), dormice (Graphiurus spp.), and striped mice (Hybomys spp.) from Ghana. According to CDC, laboratory tests using virus isolation and PCR amplification have proved that at least three dormice, two rope squirrels, and one Gambian giant rat were found to be infected by monkeypox. It was noted that no deaths occurred and no human-to-human transmission was observed,68 which was explained by the strain being a West African strain, based on genetic analysis.69 In addition, a study has conducted to evaluate the effects of the route of infection on the clinical illness of human monkeypox and demonstrated that significant symptoms of systemic diseases were more likely to occur in cases exposed to complex exposures than in cases exposed to noninvasive exposures (49.1 vs. 16.7%; P = 0.041).70 In contrast to Africa, a large number of cases confirmed in this outbreak are adults.71 In 2003, the Republic of Congo (ROC) reported the first outbreak of human monkeypox. It was recorded in this outbreak that 11 patients of monkeypox were confirmed and probable, all of whom were younger than 18 years of age, one death occurred..

    . FIG.1 Geographical distribution of confirmed monkeypox cases

    Unity State, Sudan, between September and December 2005, ten confirmed and nine possible patients of monkeypox were described in 5 villages (2 in Bentiu, 3 in Modin, 5 in Nuria, 5 in Rubkona, and 4 in Wang Kay).73 Between 2010 and 2018, varying numbers of monkeypox patients were documented in several African countries, includng DRC,74,75 CAR,7678 Cameroon,79,80 Liberia,76 Sierra Leone,81 as well as COA.82 In addition, it was reported in 2017 that Nigeria was experiencing an outbreak. 122 confirmed or possible patients of human monkeypox were reported between September 2017 and September 2018 in 17 states in Nigeria. Six deaths were recorded (case fatality rate 6%).8385 Thousands of people around the world have been infected by the monkeypox outbreak in 2022, which followed several years of sporadic cases outside of Africa (United Kingdom,8688 Singapore,89,90 Israel,91,92 United States93). On May 2022, multiple cases of monkeypox were identified in the United Kingdom.2 On 6 May 2022, an individual with travel ties to Nigeria was diagnosed with monkeypox.94 On 12 May, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in London confirmed

    two additional cases of monkeypox.95 There is no link between the two of them and they have never traveled to the endemic region. A week later, another four cases were confirmed. Unusually, there was no known contact between these patients and the previous confirmed cases.96 By polymerase chain reaction (PCR) experiment of patient swab samples, the outbreak was caused by the West African clade of monkeypox virus, which is less fatal than the other known monkeypox variant (CB, Clade I) after infection, with a case lethally rate of only 1%.39,50,97,98 Portugal, Canada, and Spain documented 14, 13, and 7 cases of monkeypox, respectively, on 18 May.


    Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease whose natural reservoir remains unknown.123,124 Several researches have conducted to determine the reservoir or natural hosts of monkeypox virus, Khodakevich et al.125,126 Have reported that antibodies to the virus were found in 2 of 18 squirrels tested. The monkeypox virus was extracted from a diseased squirrel, Funisciurus anerythrus, which was the first report of monkeypox virus being isolated from a wild animal. Other researches have also suggested that squirrels of the genera Funisciurus and Heliosciurus are related to the natural cycle of monkeypox virus in DRC,127130 as well as Rodents of the genera Cricetomys, Graphiurus, elephant shrews of the genus Petrodromus. 127 In March 2012, monkeypox virus was separated from a wild-living monkey (a sooty mangabey) by Radonic et al.131 Its whole-genome sequence showed that it had significant similarities with monkeypox viruses located in Western Africa. Patrono and colleagues132 described the frequent appearance of monkeypox virus in a wild-living chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus, hereafter chimpanzee) population from Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. A number of animal species, mostly rodents and nonhuman primates, have been confirmed to be susceptible to the virus after multiple investigations,133,134 as listed in Table.


    Monkey pox transmission from animals to human may include direct contact with diseased parts or body fluids of infected animals, scratching or biting by animals, eating meat from infected animals, and contact with contaminated objects.135141 Person to person transmission of monkeypox is caused by close contact with a human with monkeypox virus infection, including contact respiratory secretions from those infected individuals, skin lesions or genitals, prolonged face-to-face contact, along with their bedding and clothing142144 (Fig. 2). There is very limited data on monkeypox infection during pregnancy, although a study has demonstrated the existence of vertical transmission of monkeypox virus.145,146 At the General Hospital of Kole, an observational research was conducted, Mbala et al. described the fetal outcomes for one of four pregnant women.147 Of the four women, one delivered a healthy baby, one had fetal death and two delivered miscarriages in their first trimester. In addition, monkeypox virus was detected in semen sample by researchers.148 Therefore, more attention is needed cause individuals such as children and pregnant women are more

    susceptible with increasing cases.145,147,149157 Notably, a very recent report proved that human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox virus.158 Nextgeneration sequencing was used to compare the DNA sequences of the monkeypox virus from the dog and the patient. The samples both contained viruses of the human monkeypox virus-1 clade, lineage B.1, that have been spreading in countries that are not endemic to the disease According to previous reports, monkeypox virus was not previously been highly contagious. Monkey pox of the CB clade was found to have a lower basic reproduction number (R0) than 1 between 1980 and 1984 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.159,160 Disseminated patients of monkeypox have been recorded in Africa, usually because of close contact with wild animals, especially rodents. Such travel related monkeypox individuals have limited secondary spread, making human-tohuman transmission inefficient.1,76,83 However, a recent study by Du et al.161 reported that the reproduction number was estimated to be

    1.39 (95% CrI: 1.37, 1.42) by aggregating all patients in 70 countries as of July 22 2022. According to initial estimates based on analysis of the first 255 PCR-identified patients of monkeypox in Italy in 2022, the reproduction number among men who have sex with men is 2.43 (95% CI 1.823.26).162 Which indicates that the disease has epidemic potential. Meanwhile, the vast majority of monkeypox patients had not recently traveled to the endemic regions of Africa, such as Nigeria, the DRC as well as central and western Africa.163 Human-to-human transmission of this virus is unusually frequent in this outbreak, suggesting close contact is the most likely route of transmission.164 Another unusual feature is that the large number of cases diagnosed with monkeypox are male, and a considerable part of patients have sex with men (MSM), particularly in Canada, Spain, and the UK, suggesting that sexuality is another forms of close contact, even though monkeypox was not considered a sexually transmitted disease before.165177 It is reported that higher proportion of MSM infected is due to accidental entry into the community and then sexual behavior constituting close contact rather than sexual transmission of the monkeypox virus itself.178 However, a study of samples from 528 confirmed cases outside endemic areas in Africa between April and June showed that 98% of patients were bisexual men or gay and 95% of those infected were suspected of transmission through sexual activity.179 A prospective cohort study in Spain indicated that 91.7% cases identifying as MSM in 181 monkeypox infection cases.180 Besides, monkeypox virus DNA was detected by PCR in seminal fluid in 29 of the 32 cases.179 On 3 August, In the Monkey pox Surveillance Bulletin published by the ECDC-WHO Regional Office for Europe, 99% (15,439/15,572) of the cases were males, with 43.4% of MSM cases.181 Meanwhile, using a branching process transmission model, researchers showed that a small minority of people have disproportionately large numbers of partners, which could explain the continued increase in monkeypox patients among MSM population. Another research showed a transmission number of 2.43 in the MSM community among Italian cases in May-June 2022.183 According to Endo and colleagues,182 monkey poxs basic reproductive number (R0) may be significantly higher than 1 over the MSM sexual contact network. Monkey pox virus

    spread model for assessing outbreak risk in a metropolitan area indicated that if transmission efficiency increases in the higher-risk group like gays and MSMs, broader populations may be affected.184 On the other hand, Bragezzi et al.185 conducted a meta-analysis to show that sexual contact is involved in 91% cases (total 124 cases). Notably, a recent study of 21,098 monkeypox cases (data from 41 countries, as of August 23, 2022) revealed that the vast majority were MSM, with a typical rash characteristic.186 Transmission was mainly through close contact during sexual activities.


    Monkeypox virus is a species of double-stranded DNA virus which causes monkeypox in humans and other animals. It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. Among all animal viruses, poxviruses have the largest and most complex DNA genomes.194,195 There are four major elements of the virion: core, lateral bodies, outer membrane, and the outer lipoprotein envelope.196 The central core contains the viral dsDNA and core fibrils. The monkeypox virus genome consists of 197 kb with the central genomic region comprising of 101 kb.17 Both terminal variables regions include a 6379 bp terminal inverted repetition (ITR) with approximately 80 bp long hairpin loop, 70 or 54 bp short tandem repeats and unique ITR sequences NR 1 and NR 2 and the coding region.32,197,198 The virus contains about 190 nonoverlapping open reading frames (ORFs),17,197,199,200 four of which are located in the ITR sequence.197 Genes responsible for viral replication, transcription, assembly, and release are conservatively located in the genomes central region, as they are in all orthopoxviruses.200 While most of the genes expressing virulence and host tropism are found at both ends of the genome. These terminal genes play a role in immune evasion by interfering with signaling, presentation, and recognition of antigens and apoptosis.201203 Monkeypox virus has a low frequency of genomic mutations, due to the DNA double-stranded structure, and the 35 exonuclease activity of its DNA polymerase.204,205 However, the 2022 monkeypox virus diverges from the related 20182019 viruses by a mean of 50 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), considering previous estimates of the substitution rate for orthopoxviruses, this is much higher than expected.39,206 Such a divergent branch could speed up the evolution of the monkeypox virus. Notably, further examination of the mutational profiles of these SNPs suggested a dramatic mutational bias, with 26 (14 nonsynonymous, 10 synonymous, and 2 intergenic) and 15 (nine nonsynonymous and 16 synonymous) being GA>AA and TC>TT nucleotide replacements, respectively. Several studies have indicated that mutations observed in viral genome editing may be caused by apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing catalytic polypeptide-like 3 (APOBEC3) enzymes.207212 Another phylogenetic analysis indicated that the monkeypox virus2022 strains contained 46 new consensus mutations, including 24 nonsynonymous mutations, compared with the monkeypox virus-2018 strain.213 We suspected that the lower mortality and higher transmission of 2022 monkeypox virus than previous monkeypox virus may related to these viral mutations. Although these viruses are under continual adaptation, it is unknown whether these mutations contribute to help the virus evade host immunity. To further understand how these mutations affect viral function, additional research is required.


    FIG 1: Schematic illustration of the transmission and clinical characteristics of monkeypox.


    The clinical characteristics of monkeypox are quite similar to those of smallpox, but the monkeypox is clinically milder.37,251253 It is crucial to realize that monkeypox and smallpox differ mainly by the occurrence of lymphadenopathy,141 since 90% of monkeypox patients suffer from lymph node enlargement.254 Monkey pox is most commonly confused with chickenpox, caused by varicellazoster virus (VZV). In terms of their clinical characteristics, these two diseases share a great deal in common. Moreover, several studies have reported that individuals are infected both monkeypox virus and VZV.66,67,127 The incubation time of monkeypox virus is usually 521 days.162,183,255,256 According to Miuras report, incubation period (18 cases) is estimated to be 8.5 days on average.255 Based on 22 possible (N = 1) and confirmed (N = 21) monkeypox patients reported in the United States through 6, 2022, Charniga and colleagues estimated the incubation time for monkeypox.256 According to their study, the incubation time from exposure to the onset of symptoms was 7.6 days on average. Besides, another research found that among 23 people with known history of exposure, the median incubation period was 7 days (between 3 and 20 days).179 In humans, monkeypox disease can be divided into two phases: the prodrome and the rash. Initial symptoms of monkeypox virus infection include headache, lack of energy, fever, chills and/or sweats, sore throat, muscle ache, and lymphadenopathy5,257260 (Fig. 2). Usually, few days after fever and lymphadenopathy, the rash appears. Rash starts with the face and then appears the whole body, and is characterized by a few to several thousand lesions.83,91,261 As the rash progresses about 24 weeks, plaque is replaced by papules, blisters, pustules, scabs, followed by shedding.28,254,262 Complications of monkeypox include encephalitis, keratitis,

    pneumonitis, and secondary bacterial infections.28,143,254,263 In the United States, a report on the epidemiological and clinical features of monkeypox cases showed 42% of persons (n = 291 participants) has no prodromal symptoms, and 37% of patients did not have fever as of the time of assessment, despite most patients included typical features.122 And genital rashes were observed in many cases, which was also recently proven in another studies.264

    270 Other recent reports describe similar clinical characteristics.180,271,272 Patel and colleagues272 demonstrated that all 197 monkeypox infection cases developed mucocutaneous lesions, typically in the genitals (111 of 197 patients) or the perianal areas, causing rectal pain and penile edema. Moreover, according to a case report from Spain, 78 of 181 persons had lesions in the oral and perioral region and 141 in the anogenital region. The following complications occurred in 70 of the 181 patients: 45 (24.9%) of 181 had a proctitis, 19 (10.5%) tonsillitis, and 6 (3.3%) had a bacterial skin abscess.180 The clinician should remain vigilant for monkeypox-like rashes regardless of whether the rash has disseminated or had a prodrome prior to the rash. Notably, the possibility of some monkeypox virus infections being asymptomatic has been raised by two recent case reports from Europe. It has been shown in several studies that monkeypox could go unobserved when it is propagable, so physicians and persons at high risk should be aware of this fact. Available data from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States indicated that 2851% have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among MSM patients with monkeypox.122,167,179,180,272,274 Currently, the risk for monkeypox infection is unknown, however, in people with HIV. Symptoms of monkeypox last 24 weeks, and the disease is usually self-limiting. The lethality of monkeypox patients after infection depend on the clade of virus infected, route of infection, patient age, and patients infected with the CA clade of the virus is generally higher than the WA clade.6,70,141,275 Previous reports80,83,97,276278 indicated that the case fatality rates (CFR) of monkeypox ranging from 1 to 11%. Whats more, in a systematic review that exclusively evaluated the case fatality rates (CFR) by clades, the overall rate of case fatalities was confirmed to be 8.7%, Fig. 3 Monkey pox life cycle and mechanisms of action of antivirals. This diagram depicts the life cycle of monkeypox virus inside a human cell. Notably, Replication cycle of monkeypox virus occurs in the cytoplasm of the host cell. Following viral attachment, virion binds and fuses with the host cell membrane, the viral core is released into the cytoplasm of the host cell. Viral particles are assembled into intracellular mature viruses (MV), then stay in the cytoplasm as intracellular mature virions of released as extracellular enveloped viruses during cell lysis. MV can also wrap an additional envelope and attached to the cell membrane, then then release through exocytosis. Cidofovir and its prod rug brincidofovir inhibit the viral DNA polymerase during DNA repliation. Tecovirimat targets the VP37 protein, which is vital for envelopment of intracellular mature virus with Golgi- derived membrane to form enveloped virus (EV), prevents the virus from leaving an infected cell, hindering the spread of the virus within the body Monkey pox: epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention Huang et al. 7 Signal

    Transduction and Targeted Therapy (2022) 7:373 which was significantly lower for West African clade (3.6%, 95% CI 1.7 6.8%) than Central African clade (10.6%, 8.413.3%).1,66

    Among 1958 patients, some 4% (95% CI 19%) of hospitalized patients had fatal outcomes.260 In the current 2022 monkeypox outbreak, it was reported that patients at least sixteen years old always have milder symptoms in the current investigations, with a pooled case fatality rate of 0.03% (1 of 2941 patients).279 Monkey pox is more often fatal in children, which is similar to smallpox.36,80 As of September 2022, a total of 15 deaths have been documented in this monkeypox global outbreak, in which 9 deaths in locations that have historically recorded monkeypox.

    FIG 2: Monkey pox life cycle and mechanisms of action of antivirals.


Diagnosis of monkeypox requires a combination of clinical symptoms, epidemiological information, and laboratory tests. According to WHO recommendations, nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) has been conducted for monkeypox virus detection.280 Genes commonly used for conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing include hemagglutinin,281 the acidophilic-type inclusion body gene,282,283 and the crmB gene.284 Compared with other diagnostic methods, real-time PCR provides high throughput, high sensitivity, and fast results. Several genes have been developed to detect monkeypox virus, such as envelope protein gene (B6R),285 B7R gene,286 DNA polymerase gene E9L,69,285 complement binding protein C3L,278,287 DNAdependent RNA polymerase subunit 18 (RPO18) gene,288 F3L and N3R.289 Meanwhile, recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) method has been proven to be an alternative to real-time PCR. It was reported that the monkeypox virus-RPA-method was especially sensitive with a limit of detection (LOD) of 16 DNA molecules per microliter by targeting the tumor necrosis factor binding protein

gene.290 With different target sites in the viral genome, these tests have varying sensitivities and limits of detection for monkeypox virus.291 According to Li et al.278 realtime PCR assay for generic monkeypox virus has a limit of detection for

0.7 fg (3.5 genomes), while monkeypox virus West Africa specific (G2R_WA) assays LOD is at 1.7 fg (8.2 genome),

and monkeypox virus Congo Basin (C3L) assays LOD is at

9.46 fg (40.4 genomes). As well, Maksyutov et al.292

developed real-time PCR assay that targets viral F3L gene

with a LOD of 20 copies per reaction. Several other studies reported LOD for monkeypox virus assays of 6.359 copies/mL,293 20 copies/reaction,286 1155 fg (50250 copies of each gene),289 2 fg (~10 viral copies),285 0.05 fg (25 copies/assay).294 Recently, a high-throughput molecular testing method for monkeypox virus was established,293 which may expand the detection capacity and reduces the detection of time. In the current outbreak, the whole genome sequencing was also used to identify the monkeypox strain.40,92,198,295 Whats more, there are several other DNA-based assays have been investigated for monkeypox virus detection, such as loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP),296 restriction length fragment polymorphism (RFLP),98,297 as well as recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA).290 Laboratory methods for detecting monkeypox also include enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA),298,299 western blot (WB)136,300 and immunohistochemistry (IHC).30,301 It is often necessary to use serologic diagnostic procedures to diagnose poxvirus when there is no virological sample. In most cases, ELISA is the most frequently used serologic test. Serological testing of the specific IgM and IgG antibodies are commonly deployed. As soon as the rash appears, IgM antibodies appear and rise approximately 2 weeks before declining and disappearing within 1 year. While IgG antibodies also generate quickly after the rash onset, rise approximately 6 weeks, and lasts for decades.302 However, the specificity is low, due to the immunologic cross-reactivity between monkeypox virus and other othopoxviruses.37,251 Electron microscopic observation can be used as an auxiliary method to detect monkeypox virus.24,303 However, due to the laborious and costly sample preparation, it is difficult to be used popularly.


Treatment is suggested for monkeypox virus-infected individuals with severe disease at present or who may be at high risk for developing serious illness (people who are immunocompromised, pediatric population, have characteristic dermatitis or history, have skin symptoms of exfoliation, pregnant or breastfeeding woman, one or more complications), or those with monkeypox virus aberrant infections, including accidental implantation in mouth, eyes, or other anatomical areas where monkeypox virus infection that could pose a special threat (such as the genitals or anus). For most patients, treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Despite the fact that monkeypox has no specific treatment, smallpox antiviral drugs such as brincidofovir, tecovirimat, and cidofovir may have effect against monkeypox because of their similar genetics.

  1. Tecovirimat

    Tecovirimat (also known as TPOXX, ST-246), a small- molecule inhibitor of virus, is effective against orthopoxviruses both in vitro and in vivo, including vaccinia virus, camel pox virus, cowpox virus, mouse pox virus, variola viruses, and monkeypox virus.309 Tecovirimat targets the VP37 protein, inhibits the spread of viruses within the body by preventing them from leaving infected cells,309,310 as shown in Fig. 3. Tecovirimat inhibits neither DNA or protein synthesis nor the formation of mature virus. The mature virus remains in the host cell until cell lysis. Tecovirimat displayed s strong antiviral efficacy with an EC50 range of 0.01 to 0.07 M.309,311,312 Several studies have demonstrated that the VP37 protein plays an essential role in encapsulating intracellular mature virus with Golgi-derived membrane to form enveloped virus.309,Tecovirimat has a distinguished antiviral effect against the monkeypox virus lineage responsible for the 2022 outbreak in vitro.318 Further, the effectiveness and safety of tecovirimat has been revealed in multiple animal studies.319324 Treatment with 10 mg per kilogram of body weight of tecovirimat for 14 days in the monkeypox model could achieve >90% survival.324 In a nonhuman primate (NHP) model, by taking orally once a day, tecovirimat was found to be effective in protecting NHP from monkeypox virus illness, with reduced viral loads, fewer rashes, prolonged survival and significantly reduced mortality in the treatment group compared with the vehicle mongkeys.325 Smith et al.326 assessed the efficacy of tecovirimat against monkeypox virus challenge of 65 times the 50% lethal dose (LD50) in prairie dogs, and found that one hundred percent of animals that received tecovirimat survived challenge, while 75% of infected animals receiving vehicle alone succumbed to infection. Meanwhile, multiple phase 3 clinical trials of tecovirimat have demonstrated its safety and well tolerated.

  2. Cidofovir

    Since 1996, Cidofovir (CDV, also known as Vistide) has been approved for clinical use to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).338341 CDV is a prod rug, and it must be phosphorylated by enzymes of the cytoplasm after enter the host cells, and into CDV diphosphate (CDV-pp), which has a prolonged half-life.342344 CDV-pp inhibits the viral DNA polymerase during DNA replication, as well as inhibits DNA polymerase 35 exonuclease activity.343 Many animal models and experiments in vitro have reportd the effectiveness of cidofovir for treatment orthopoxviruses, including vaccinia, mousepox, as well as monkeypox.338,345350 Between 72 to 96 h post-infection, treatment of mice inoculated with cowpox virus (CV) or vaccinia virus (VV) resulted in significant protection. And when given at least 5 days before infection or 3 days after infection with either VV or CV, a single-dose pretreatment or posttreatment with CDV at 3 to 100 mg/kg was effective.351 Another mouse model demonstrated that it was completely protective against virus-induced cutaneous lesions and against the associated mortality when started on the day of infection or the first post-infection day of topical treatment with cidofovir. In addition, systemic treatment with cidofovir caused lesions to heal and regress.346 The treatment of mice

    with cidofovir (for two days after 24 h of virus exposure) suppressed viral loads as well as cytokine levels in plasma and tissue, including interleukin (IL)-10, IL-6, IL-3, and IL-2.352 In non-human primate model, researches proved a significant reduction in mortality and cutaneous monkeypox lesions when CDV treatment is initiated 24 h after lethal intratracheal monkeypox virus infection.353 Various studies have shown the effectiveness of CDV against poxvirus. Patients with recalcitrant molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) treated with intravenous cidofovir exhibited dramatic cleaning of their MCV lesions, and all three cases remain clean of recurrence.354 The use of topical CDV was found to be effective in treating molluscum contagiosum (MC) in a 12- year-old boy with WiskottAldrich syndrome.355 Two children with AIDS were also successfully treated with topical 3% cidofovir in a combination vehicle (Dermovan) for recalcitrant MC.356 CDV has also been documented to be effective against cowpox and human vaccinia in additional case reports.357359 Despite the lack of clinical evidence to support its use in treating monkeypox, cidofovir is generally thought to be effective. According to the CDCs guidance, an outbreak of orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox virus, can be treated with this anti-viral medicine.

  3. VIGIV

Vaccinia immune globulin intravenous (VIGIV), a FDA- approved medicine, is applied to treat smallpox vaccination complications such as severe generalized vaccinia, vaccinia infections in people who have skin conditions, eczema vaccinatum, progressive vaccinia and aberrant infections induced by vaccinia virus (excluding isolated keratitis).389 Vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) is a sterile solution made up of high titers of IgG antibodies against the vaccinia virus taken from healthy persons who had been previously vaccinated against the live vaccinia virus.390 CDC allows the use of VIG for the treatment of monkeypox in an outbreak. Several studies have reported the patients received VIGIV for the treatment of orthopoxvirus infection.391393 Nevertheless, data on VIGs effectiveness in treating monkeypox virus infection are unavailable. Physicians may consider using it in severe cases. The VIG is also suitable for prophylactic use in persons with severe immunodeficiency in T cell function for whom smallpox vaccination is contraindicated after exposure to monkeypox virus.


To prevent getting monkeypox, CDC suggest that people need to avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox-like rashes, avoid contact with objects and materials that a case with monkeypox has used, use hand sanitizers that contain alcohol before eating, touching the face, and wash your hands frequently after using the bathroom. There is no vaccine specifically designed to prevent monkeypox virus infection. Owning to immunological cross protection among orthopoxviruses,194,298,394398 smallpox vaccines (vaccinia virusbased) were recommended for use in the current outbreak of monkeypox.279,399405 Epidemiological data on human monkeypox collected in Zaire from 1980 to 1984 revealed that there was a significant difference in attack rates between contacts without a

vaccination scar and those who had been vaccinated in the past (7.2% vs. 0.9%).406 Rimoin et al. suggested that monkeypox incidence increased dramatically in the DRC 30 years after smallpox vaccination campaigns ended.407 Furthermore, their data suggested that vaccine-induced immunity lasts a long time as individuals vaccinated against smallpox >25 years ago are still at reduced risk of monkeypox today. As demonstrated by the US monkeypox outbreak of 2003, smallpox vaccination can potentially sustain cross- immune protection against West African monkeypox for decades afterward. Three individuals who had not previously been infected with monkeypox virus and had been vaccinated against smallpox for decades were unaware of their subsequent infection because none of them had any clinical characteristics associated with the monkeypox.298 Studies have reported that first-generation live vaccinia vaccines can provide approximately 85% protection against monkeypox infection due to cross-reactive antibodies that can be induced by orthopoxviruses.160 Second-generation vaccine is ACAM2000, a live attenuated vaccinia vaccine approved in the USA in August 2007 for prevention of smallpox408,409 (Fig. 4). Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in both animal models327,410412 and clinical trials (Table 3). Assessment of the protective effect against aerosolized monkeypox virus in cynomolgus macaques revealed that a single immunization with ACAM2000 vaccines were protected completely.410 Monkeys challenged with lethal monkeypox virus after vaccinated with the ACAM200 live attenuated smallpox vaccine, all (N = 12) vaccinated treated monkeys survived.412 In a prairie dog model, for ACAM2000, the vaccine administered at 1 day postexposure was similarly effective with the vaccine administered at 3 days postexposure, resulting in 5062% survival, compared with only 25% survival in the unvaccinated group.411 Taken together, ACAM2000 is likely effective at preventing monkeypox; however, due to its potential for replication, it may cause severe side effects, including progressive vaccinia, eczema vaccinatum, and myopericarditis.388,409,413421 A person with a weak immune system, including someone with HIV, pregnant women, and those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, are not advised to use it.150,422 The third-generation vaccine, modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA, JYNNEOS in the United States, IMVANEX in the European Union, and IMAMUNE in Canada), was approved in individuals 18 years of age or older considered to be more susceptible for smallpox or monkeypox infection in US to prevent both smallpox and monkeypox disease in 2019.423 Unlike ACAM2000, JYNNEOS is a nonreplicating vaccine, which will not lead to the production of live virus. As a smallpox vaccine, JYNNEOS has demonstrated good immunogenicity, safety, and efficacy both in animal models and clinicals.424436 It was the only currently FDA-approved vaccinia vaccine for the prevention of monkeypox disease437 (Fig. 4). Several animal model studies exhibited good protective effects against monkeypox,411,438440 furthermore, in macaque challenge trials 100% protection against monkeypox infection was demonstrated, along with long lasting immunity410,441 and long lasting protective immunity for a lethal monkeypox challenge.442 Petersen et al.443 evaluated its effectiveness, immunogenicity, and safety

in healthcare workers at risk of monkeypox virus infection in the DRC. Meanwhile, another human clinical investigation examining the effectiveness of monkeypox vaccination after exposure is currently underway.444 Numerous clinical trials of MVA445 have proved the efficacy and safety of JYNNEOS, as listed in.

FIG 3: Development of monkeypox vaccines in the future.


Monkey pox, COVID-19, and polio are among the three emergencies that WHO has declared worldwide at the moment. Monkey pox is now an international problem after previously being endemic to Africa. Until September 2022, more than 56000 patients have been dignosed in the monkeypox 2022 outbreak. Monkey pox infection patients are rapidly increasing around the world, it is likely to be caused by a combination of natural and human factors. On the other hand, there has been an increase in humanwildlife contact due to climate change, deforestation, and the Ukrainian Russian war, among other factors. In addition, it is still possible that monkeypox virus will become more prevalent due to the cessation of smallpox vaccination with vaccinia vaccine in 1980. Currently, in spite of the fact that mass vaccination is not recommended or achievable, individuals manage monkeypox may though vaccine (post-exposure prophylaxis, or pre-exposure prophylaxis), anti-viral medicines, as well as isolate or quarantine of the patients and any contacts with the patients. Particularly, there are large number of patients have been confirmed in MSM population in this 2022 outbreak and has been related to unanticipated anal and genital lesions, suggesting the monkeypox virus may be spreading via sexual transmission against virus.


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