In the written statement made by the TRNC Ministry of Health, it was reminded that the monkeypox virus, which is endemic in Africa, has been seen in 12 countries that are not endemic for the virus since 13 May 2022.
With the prestige of May 21, it was mentioned that 92 definitive events and 28 suspicious cases whose investigations are continuing were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), and it was mentioned that the incidents did not have travel contacts to endemic regions and no death had been reported until this date.
Reminding that the monkeypox virus was first detected in monkeys in 1958, it was emphasized that the first incident in humans was reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.
In the statement, it was mentioned that the countries where the virus can pass from animals to humans are endemic, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana (identified only in animals), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
It was noted that any patient with a suspected monkeypox should be investigated and if confirmed, isolated until the lesions crust over, the crust falls off, and a new skin layer forms underneath. stated that it should be.
In the statement, it was stated that “monkey pox virus has not been detected in our country so far, the Ministry of Health is following the WHO and other international health organizations and has started work to implement what needs to be done in case the virus it’s seen.”