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Fecal transplant treatments could infect patients with monkeypox, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.
Since May, an outbreak of monkeypox has been spreading in multiple countries, including the United States. Nearly 16,000 people in the United States have already been infected with the virus, which is transmitted through close physical contact with symptomatic individuals.
That includes one study where monkeypox virus was found in three people who reported no symptoms of the disease, the agency said.
“FDA is advising that clinical use of FMT [fecal microbiota for transplantation] has the potential to transmit monkeypox virus,” the alert said.
Patients should also be informed of the monkeypox risk, the agency added.
Nearly half a million C. diff infections are reported in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 11 people over 65 will die within one month of contracting C. diff in a health care setting.
Johns Hopkins has more about fecal transplants.
SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, Aug. 24, 2022
By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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