Monkeypox virus was seen in 2 more countries (What are the symptoms of Monkeypox virus, how is it treated?)
Italy and Sweden were the last countries to register cases of monkeypox amid the coronavirus outbreak. The test performed by the Italian patient at a hospital in Rome after returning from the Canary Islands was positive, and the Swedish patient was diagnosed with monkeypox virus in Stockholm.
MONKEY POLO VIRUS IS SEEN IN 7 COUNTRIES
The number of countries with confirmed or suspicious events outside of Africa has increased to 7.
Six of the nine incidents in the UK are located in London, two in the South East of England and one in the North East.
All but one of the UK patients, the first patient from Nigeria, appear to have been infected in the UK and many are unrelated.
The USA overnight reported the first monkeypox incident in a Massachusetts man who had just returned from Canada.
At least thirteen possible cases are being investigated in Canada and testing is underway to confirm the virus.
Seven individuals have been diagnosed in Spain and dozens more are being monitored and tested for the disease. Portugal said nine incidents were confirmed.
KNOWN EVENTS ARE THE VISIBLE PIECE OF THE ICEberg?
Experts fear that the known events are the type of the iceberg, and many of the patients are not in contact with each other, suggesting a wider spread.
MONKELOOM VIRUS DISCLOSURE FROM WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that it expects more incidents in more countries in the coming weeks.
The outbreak has been described by experts as ‘unusual’ as person-to-person transmission of monkeypox is thought to be extremely rare.
So far, the virus has only been detected in four countries outside of West or Central Africa, and all incidents had direct travel contacts with the continent.
Monkeypox virus is a rare viral infection that humans mainly contract in the tropics of western and central Africa.
It is mostly spread by direct contact with animals such as squirrels, which are known to harbor the virus.
However, it can also be transmitted through close contact with an infected individual.
Monkeypox virus was first discovered in 1958 when an outbreak of smallpox occurred in monkeys hired for research.
The first human event was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and infection has since been reported in a number of Central and West African countries.
Only a handful of incidents have been reported outside of Africa so far, and these have remained restricted to people with travel contacts with the continent.
Monkeypox virus is often mild and more than one patient will get better within a few weeks without treatment. Still, the disease can be fatal. However, it can kill 10 percent of the people it infects.
The milder strain causing the current outbreak kills one in 100. For example, when Covid first hit.
The Monkey Blossom virus turns off certain aspects of your body’s ability to fight infections.
Due to the presence of other viruses and bacteria that your body cannot fight, in the worst cases patients can succumb to a fatal shock to the body and blood poisoning.
Death is more likely in younger patients. Skin lesions are painful and disfiguring and may be the source of other infections.
Because monkeypox is closely linked to the virus that causes smallpox, smallpox vaccines can also protect people from contracting monkeypox.
Imvanex, a vaccine, has been shown to be around 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox infection.
Antivirals and pooled blood from individuals vaccinated against smallpox can be used to treat severe events.
Monkeypox virus is not a sexually transmitted infection in nature, but can be transmitted through direct contact during sexual intercourse.
Infectious lesions, where infections are most likely to be transmitted, can appear in any part of the body.
Infection can also be transmitted through contact with clothing or linen used by an infected person.
So far, monkeypox has been detected in only four countries outside of Africa (UK, USA, Israel and Singapore).
And all these events had travel relations with Nigeria and Ghana.
Primary symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue.
However, the most unusual feature is a rash that starts mostly on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body, mostly to the genitals, hands or feet.
The rash changes and passes through different phases before eventually forming a crust, which then subsides.