This 2003 electron micrograph, provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is a mature oval monkeypox virion (left) and spherical from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Shows an immature virion (right).
Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Legner | CDC via AP
According to a World Health Organization Friday statement, the World Health Organization has identified about 80 cases of monkeypox with recent reported outbreaks in 11 countries.
According to WHO, this outbreak is unusual because it occurs in countries where the virus is not endemic. As surveillance expands, more cases are likely to be reported in the future, he said.
“WHO works with affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance and provide guidance on how to manage disease to find and assist those who may be affected. “The agency said.
According to German troops, European countries have identified dozens of cases of monkeypox, the largest ever outbreak on the continent. The United States has confirmed at least one case, and Canada has confirmed two cases. Monkeypox is commonly found in the rainforests of Central and West Africa, where virus-carrying animals live. According to WHO..
Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus in the same family as smallpox, but it is less serious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, monkeypox can kill 1 in 10 people who get sick, based on observations in Africa. According to the CDC.
Based on observational studies in Africa, the smallpox vaccine is 85% effective in preventing monkeypox. According to WHO and CDC..
Monkeypox Spread through close contact With a person, animal, or substance infected with the virus. It enters the body through broken skin, airways, eyes, nose, and mouth. Human-to-human transmission is also thought to be caused by respiratory droplets, but this method requires lengthy face-to-face contact because the droplets cannot travel more than a few feet. According to the CDC.
Monkeypox usually begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, myalgia, chills, malaise, and swollen lymph nodes. According to the CDC.. Within 1-3 days of fever, the patient develops a rash that begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. The illness usually lasts about 2-4 weeks.
“Since monkeypox spreads through close contact, the response should focus on the affected people and their close contact,” WHO said. Healthcare workers, household members, and sexual partners who are infected with the virus are at increased risk of illness.
The CDC confirmed a case of monkeypox in Massachusetts on Wednesday. The person recently traveled to Canada using private transportation. New York City is investigating possible cases of monkeypox, according to a statement from the Department of Health on Thursday.
Monkeypox occurred in 2003 in the United States. This was the first outbreak outside of Africa and was caused by human contact with an infected prairie dog kept as a pet. Due to the outbreak, more than 70 cases were reported.