Monkeypox: Monkey pox is worrying the world

Deepak Gupta May 22, 2022
Updated 2022/05/22 at 7:01 PM

The world is still experiencing a pandemic by COVID-19 and to complicate everything, about 80 days ago a war started between Russia and Ukraine. More recently, some countries have started to register some cases of Monkeypox, the monkeypox.

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts the emergence of more cases of monkeypox and the world once again raises the alert level with regard to contagious diseases.

Monkeypox: There are 80 confirmed cases

The WHO recently announced that there are more than 80 confirmed cases of Monkeypox virus infection in 11 countries, stating that these outbreaks are atypical because they are occurring in non-endemic countries. WHO said it is working with partners to better understand the extent and cause of monkeypox (Monkeypox) outbreaks.

The virus is endemic in some animal populations in several countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travellers, but “the recent outbreaks recorded so far in 11 countries are atypical as they are occurring in non-endemic countries”, says the WHO. Portugal accounts for 23 cases of infection with the Monkeypox virus according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), which is awaiting results regarding other samples.

In Spain there have already been at least 30 cases confirmed by PCR test, all in the Community of Madrid and linked to a sauna in the city that has since been closed, while suspected cases are growing across the country, with a focus on the capital, Madrid. , where the number of suspected cases rose from 15 to 39.

The disease has been detected in the last ten days in at least 12 countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Sweden and now Israel and Switzerland.

Smallpox is a rare disease whose pathogen can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa.

Symptoms resemble, to a lesser extent, those seen in the past in individuals with smallpox: fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, during the first five days. Then rashes, lesions, pustules and finally crusts.

There is no treatment for smallpox, which usually heals on its own and whose symptoms last 14 to 21 days. Belgium was the first country to decree a 21-day quarantine for cases of "monkeypox"

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