Monkeypox Disease Reported In More than 12 Countries.
The Monkeypox disease has been reported in more than 12 countries worldwide with more 100 cases of infection.
WHO reported on Saturday that The confirmed cases have been identified in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Health officials have warned the world that the rare disease cases are expected to hike in the days ahead following the current trends.
In news release, the World Health Organization said on Saturday that 28 suspected cases of monkeypox were under investigation in 12 countries.
“The situation is evolving and WHO expects there will be more cases of monkeypox identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries,” the news release said.
Experts have informed the world that the Monkeypox disease is not as contagious as Covid-19 pandemic. However, the President Joe Biden has said everyone should be more concerned about its spread as scientists learn more about recent spread.
“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it,” Biden said. “It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential. That’s all they told me.”
Health experts further informs, one can only be infected with Monkeypox virus if in very close contact with an infected person.
CNN previously reported that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is evaluating whether a smallpox vaccine should be offered to health care workers treating monkeypox patients and other people who may be at “high risk” for exposure to monkeypox.
“The variola virus that causes smallpox and the monkeypox virus are somewhat related, as they are both members of the Orthopoxvirus genus — belonging to the scientific family of “pox” viruses”, experts revealed.
Initial symptoms of monkeypox are typically flu-like, such as fever, chills, exhaustion, headache and muscle weakness.
What distinguishes Monkeypox from smallpox is the development of swollen lymph nodes.
Historically, cases of monkeypox have typically been reported from West Africa or Central Africa, said Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology within the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.