In the midst of the global expansion of monkeypox, Brazil has become the latest country to disclose its first case of infection. According to the country’s health ministry, a 41-year-old sick male traveled to both Spain and Portugal. After 10 persons tested positive for Orthopoxvirus in New York, health officials suspect infection. “The majority of these persons had minor illnesses, were not hospitalized, and recovered on their own,” according to a local health website update.
Since the epidemic was reported by “non-endemic” nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found approximately 1,000 cases. Despite the fact that almost three nations have seen patients, the majority of these illnesses have been found in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Portugal, and Spain. Monkeypox is an uncommon disease caused by a virus that is linked to smallpox. Close skin-to-skin contact and infected things, such as clothes, are the most common ways for the illness to spread among individuals. A high fever, enlarged lymph nodes, and a blistery chickenpox-like rash are the first signs.
The following are five updates on the Monkeypox outbreak:
1) According to health ministry sources quoted by media, Spain’s health authorities will begin vaccination close contacts of confirmed monkeypox patients. So far, more than 242 illnesses have been reported in the European country.
2) In the United Kingdom, the government increased its attempts to halt the virus’s spread. It issued an advice on Thursday, advising citizens who have been diagnosed with the condition to segregate themselves from other members of their home. The affected individuals were also advised to keep their clothes separate and prevent close contact with dogs, according to the alert.
3) Germany’s independent vaccine advisory body has recommended that monkeypox vaccinations be given priority to those who have been affected. According to the recommendation, persons who have never been vaccinated against smallpox should have two injections at least 28 days apart, while those who have already been vaccinated should only receive one dose, according to media, citing the advisory group.
4) Greece appears to have discovered the country’s first case, making it the most recent European country to declare the outbreak. The patient had just visited Portugal, according to Bloomberg. More testing is needed, according to health experts, to be confident about the virus.
5) The risk of monkeypox spreading to non-endemic countries, according to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is real but avoidable. Humans in nine African nations are infected with the zoonotic illness.