In a bizarre case, a monkeypox patient’s nose began to rot after being diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a report published in Newsweek. The case was reported in Germany when the 40-year-old visited the doctor with a red spot on the tip of his nose. It was initially thought to be sunburn but the man’s condition then worsened after which tests were carried out and he was diagnosed as HIV positive due to necrosis in his nose, a added the media.
The image of the man’s nose has shocked doctors around the world. His case was also published in the journal Infection. The identity of the man has not been revealed.
Three days after visiting the healthcare provider, the skin on the man’s nose began to die off and turned black due to necrosis – the death of body tissue due to infection – based in Australia 7News said in a report. It left him with a huge swollen scab, the outlet added.
Soon, her whole body was filled with pus-filled white blisters.
The man was immediately asked to undergo a PCR test, which confirmed monkeypox infection. Further tests revealed the man also had undiagnosed syphilis and HIV, said 7News.
The German was given intense medication, which caused his lesions to dry out, but his nose “only partially improved”, the outlet added, citing medical professionals.
In the newspaper, doctors said the man’s case had become so serious because untreated HIV had left him immunocompromised, putting him at risk of necrosis.
Health experts have also acknowledged that this is a rare case.
“Most cases of (monkeypox) infection have been reported to date as mild, and controlled HIV infection does not appear to be a risk factor for serious course. However, this case illustrates the potential seriousness infection (monkeypox) in the setting of severe immunosuppression and untreated HIV infection,” the doctors said in the research paper published in the journal Infection.
Monkeypox virus is usually spread through close physical contact, including sexual contact, with an infected person. In July 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
Germany has the third highest number of monkeypox cases in the world – after the United States and Spain – with 3,186 cases recorded since May 20.
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