A man in the United States has been reportedly infected with both COVID-19 and MonkeyPox at the same time in the first known case.
Mitcho Thompson, a resident of California, tested positive for the coronavirus virus in late June, the reports said.
Days later, he noticed red lesions across his back, legs, arms and neck, which were later diagnosed as monkeypox by the doctors.
“The doctor was very certain that I have monkeypox and that I had both,” Thompson told NBC.
The twin viruses left the patient feeling as if he had ‘a severe case of influenza’.
He also had a fever, laboured breathing, chills, body aches and skin lesions as per the reports.
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded its highest level of alert for the monkeypox outbreak, labelling it: ‘public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)’.
The United States, where the number of monkeypox infections is expected to surge in the coming weeks, has so far reported more than 2,400 cases of monkeypox. On Friday, the US identified its first two monkeypox cases in children.