The Monkeypox virus has caused concern in at least nine European countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom – as well as cases from the United States, Canada and Australia. When the WHO held an emergency meeting on Friday, a top health official warned that cases could “accelerate.” “As we enter the summer season … I am concerned that with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, the circulation may accelerate,” Hans Klue, WHO Regional Director for Europe, quoted from news agency AFP.
Here are the ten elements of the MonkeyPox Warning:
1. The spread, Kluge said, seems “bizarre.” “With the exception of one of the most recent cases, the Monkeypox does not have any relevant travel history to localized areas,” he said.
2. About 100 cases are confirmed or suspected in Europe.
3. In Spain, 24 new cases were reported on Friday, with the total count crossing 30. A sauna in Madrid has been forced to close by a suspected link. “The Paraiso Sauna will be shut down for the next few days, as a precautionary measure in the wake of the alarm … on the emergence of so-called monkeypox infections in the Madrid area,” the Twitter post read.
4. “This is the largest and most widespread outbreak of monkey-pox ever seen in Europe,” the German Armed Forces Medical Service quoted news agency Reuters. The European nation reported its first case in the country on Friday.
5. “Monkeypox is a sylvatic zoonosis, a common human infection in the forests of Central and West Africa.
6. Transmission is usually caused by “exposure to droplets through large droplets and contact with infected skin lesions or contaminants. Monkeypox incubation period usually lasts 6 to 13 days but lasts for 5 to 21 days. Are resolved, ”says the World Health Organization.
7. A senior US administration official said there was “low public risk” at the moment.
8. Health officials suspect that the transmission may have been going on for some time, but that more and more cases are being spread by close contact.
9. The Monkeypox virus, which has so far been reported by African countries, is unlikely to spread like Kovid.
10. “However, this epidemic is very unlikely to last long. There are drugs and effective vaccines that can be used to isolate cases and, if necessary, by contact detection,” said Fabian Leandertz from the Robert Koch Institute. Via news agency Reuters.
(With inputs from Reuters, AFP, AP)