The number of Monkeypox cases has been growing a lot worldwide. According to the Directorate-General for Health, 19 more cases of human infection with the Monkeypox virus were confirmed, with Portugal now having confirmed 119 cases.
The outbreak of Monkeypox virus infections in 30 non-endemic countries suggests that contagions have been occurring for some time, according to the WHO.
Monkeypox virus is endemic in some animal populations in several countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travelers. 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.
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The sudden appearance of Monkeypox in different countries at the same time suggests that the transmission [do vírus] has not been detected for some time
For Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, more than 550 confirmed cases in 30 countries where the disease is not endemic have already been reported to the WHO, as part of the outbreak that began about a month ago with cases of Monkeypox infection in Europe, including Portugal, in America North and the Middle East.
According to the WHO, Africa has recorded 70 deaths this year from infection with the Monkeypox virus.
In Portugal, as mentioned, 119 cases are confirmed. According to the department led by Graça Freitas, most infections confirmed by the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge were reported in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, but there are also cases in the North and Algarve regions.
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All confirmed infections are in men between the ages of 20 and 61, the majority being under 40 years old”, the DGS adds, adding that the identified cases remain “in clinical follow-up, and are stable”.
This is the first time that an outbreak of the VMPX virus has been detected in Portugal, in a context of the occurrence of cases to be reported by several countries since the beginning of May.