The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there are 80 registered cases of monkeypox in 11 countries where the disease does not normally occur.
“There are around of 80 confirmed cases and 50 pending investigations. More likely to be reported,” he noted in a tweet.
The organization has not yet specified which countries it is, it only mentioned the African nations where this disease has been identified since 1970: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
According to information from the Bloomberg agency, in recent days there have been reports new and suspected cases in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Meanwhile, the WHO continues to receive information about ongoing outbreaks in endemic countries.
In the report released this Thursday, the WHO pointed out that monkeypox is a zoonotic disease viral that occurs mainly in tropical forest areas of central and western Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.
Given the progress of its spread, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential (STAG-IH), which advises the organization, met this Friday to determine data on the prevention, transmission and symptoms of the virus that could pose a threat to global health.
How is monkeypox spread?
Transmission of the virus can occur through direct contact with blood, body fluids, or skin or mucosal lesions of infected animals. Contagion by this route can occur if undercooked meat from animals that have the virus is consumed, for example.
Person-to-person transmission can result from close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected person, or recently contaminated objectssuch as bedding or towels. The virus can also be transferred to the fetus through the placenta of an infected mother, which can lead to congenital monkeypox.
So far it is not clear whether the virus can be spread sexually.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Typical symptoms include blistering rashes on the face, hands, feet, eyes, mouth, genitals; fever; Headaches; muscle pains; low energy and swollen lymph nodes.
The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 6 to 13 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days. Once purchased, the symptoms usually last 2 to 4 weeks.
How to prevent it?
The advisory group recommends avoiding skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact with anyone who has symptoms of monkeypox.
It also suggests keeping your hands, objects, and surfaces that are touched regularly clean and wearing a face mask if you are in close contact with an infected person.
If you have symptoms, it is best to isolate yourself and contact a health professional.