Doctor warns of increased transmission of monkeypox: “more and more cases every day”
Chapter’s World Health Organization described smallpox monkeys as a new “formidable” challenge to the world community along with the Covid-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine, as the agency warned of an increase in virus cases.
Speaking before the UN World Health Assembly in Geneva, Tedras Adhanom Gebreies said the Covid pandemic was not the only crisis in the world, and warned of a “formidable convergence” of diseases and other natural disasters caused by climate change and geopolitics.
The World Health Agency has confirmed that there are 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide and another 28 suspected infections, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and at least nine EU countries. The World Health Organization the list did not include Israel, Switzerland and Austria, which have since confirmed their own cases.
The UK Health Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed 20 cases in the UK alone.
Meanwhile, in his first public comment on the disease, Joe Biden said the rise in monkeypox was something to “worry about.” U.S. health officials say they are investigating a third possible case of the virus.
Joe Biden seeks to allay the monkey’s smallpox concerns
The US president has sought to allay concerns about recent cases of monkeypox around the world.
Joe Biden said the virus was something of “concern” over the weekend.
Now he clarified: “I just don’t think it rises to the level of concern that existed with Covid-19.”
Zoe Tidman23 May 2022 07:46
Smallpox monkeys explained
Here is a brief reminder of what we know about monkeypox:
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Belgium became the first country to introduce a 21-day mandatory quarantine
Belgium became the first country to introduce a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients.
All those who test positive for the monkeypox virus will have to isolate themselves within three weeks, according to Belgian health authorities, after at least four cases have been confirmed.
Holy CharmMay 23, 2022 07:05
Recent cases of smallpox monkeys around the world
An increasing number of countries are reporting the first cases of monkeypox, while the number is growing in countries where the virus is already present. The outbreak is now called “the largest and most widespread ever in Europe”, where dozens of countries have reported cases.
The UK Health Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed that 20 cases of smallpox have been reported in the country since the first case was detected on 6 May. “We expected that further cases would be detected through the active detection of cases through the NHS and the increased vigilance of health professionals,” said Susan Hopkins.
In the U.S., the number is expected to rise to three after the health agency conducts face tests in South Florida. The case in Broward County, Florida, “is related to international travel,” the CDC said Sunday. Two other cases have been reported in Massachusetts and New York.
The total number in Spain reached 30 after 23 cases were confirmed in one day. The sauna in Madrid was associated with most of the cases that were closed. Authorities in Madrid have said they are working to detect cases mainly as a result of the super-spread in the sauna.
Canada has confirmed five cases of the virus since the first was discovered on Friday. Authorities said the provinces are continuing to investigate “a couple dozen” possible cases across Canada, and more are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
In Australia, there are at least two cases of smallpox monkeys after cases were found in people returning from abroad. The Victoria Department of Health said a 30-year-old man who arrived in Melbourne on Monday was confirmed to have the virus, while in Sydney another case was found in a 40-year-old man who had recently traveled to Europe.
The country became the first in the world to introduce a 21-day quarantine for patients affected by the virus. It has at least five cases of infection.
According to the WHO, there are 21 to 30 confirmed cases in the country. Authorities said all cases in Portugal concerned men, most of whom were young.
In Europe, other countries that report at least one to five infections are France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.
Holy Charm23 May 2022 06:54
Austria, Israel, Switzerland have confirmed the first cases of smallpox
Last weekend, Austria, Israel and Switzerland became the last countries to confirm their first cases of the monkey virus.
The Swiss Federal Office of Health (FOPH) has confirmed the first case of monkey infection in the canton of Bern in a man traveling abroad. The person is isolated, contacts are being searched.
“Currently in Europe and North America there is an accumulation of smallpox infection in monkeys. The first case has also been confirmed in Switzerland (Canton of Bern), ”the statement reads.
On Sunday, Austria confirmed in Vienna one suspected case of smallpox. The man had a mild illness with a mild fever and pustules on his face.
Late Saturday, Israel also confirmed its first case of the virus, making it the first case of monkeypox in the Middle East. The Israeli Ministry of Health said Saturday night that the man is in a hospital in Tel Aviv in good condition. He urged anyone returning from abroad with fever and injuries to see a doctor.
Holy Charm23 May 2022 06:09
In the UK, people at high risk are encouraged to isolate themselves
The UK government has said that contact with high-risk monkeypox patients should isolate themselves within three weeks and avoid contact with children under 12 years of age.
In releasing the new guide, the UK Health Agency (UKHSA) recommends isolating people who have had “unprotected direct contact or contact with a high-risk environment”.
The recommendation includes no travel, giving details for tracking contacts and avoiding direct contact with immunocompromised people, pregnant women and children under 12 years of age.
Zoe TidmanMay 23, 2022 05:50
Biden says monkeypox cases need to be “worried”
In his first public comment on the virus, US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the surge in cases around the world shows that there is something to “worry about”.
He said: “It is a concern that if it spreads, it will be effective.”
He spoke to reporters at Asan Air Force Base in South Korea, where he visited troops before leaving for Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president.
“They haven’t told me about the level of impact yet, but that’s something that everyone should be concerned about,” he said.
Biden said. He added that work is underway to determine which vaccine may be effective. Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard a flight to Tokyo that the U.S. has a stockpile of “a vaccine that is relevant to treating monkeypox.”
“We have a vaccine that will be deployed for this purpose,” he said.
The U.S. has two confirmed cases of smallpox, another 50 are suspected in the country.
Holy CharmMay 23, 2022 05:40
The WHO says the outbreak in countries is very unusual
A senior adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) said the latest outbreak of monkeypox in countries where the virus is not endemic is very unusual, as the meeting was convened “because of the urgency of the situation.”
David Hayman, a senior WHO adviser, said the health agency was working on further recommendations for countries on how to mitigate the spread of monkeypox as the number of cases worldwide reached 100.
WHO President Tedros Adhan Gebreis said: “As we speak, our colleagues around the world are responding to outbreaks of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, smallpox and hepatitis of unknown cause and complex humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan. Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine and Yemen.
“We are facing a formidable convergence of disease, drought, famine and war, fueled by climate change, inequality and geopolitical rivalry,” he added.
Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, where most cases have been identified, is expected to increase in the summer.
“As we enter the summer season … with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, I am concerned that the transfer may accelerate.”
Holy CharmMay 23, 2022 05:32
Welcome The Independent live broadcast of smallpox monkeys on Monday, May 23rd.
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