Countries that recorded the first cases of monkey pox

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France, Germany, Australia and Canada have registered all their first cases of smallpox virus.

Today, Friday, the national health authorities in France announced that a 29-year-old man in the region of “Greater Paris” has been infected with the monkey pox virus, without traveling to a place where the virus is spreading.

Authorities added that the man showed no serious symptoms and he was isolated at home.

The persons he was in contact with were informed and instructed on how to act to avoid infection.

And the German Army Medical Service announced today, Friday, that the Army Institute of Microbiology in Munich had finally monitored, on Thursday, the characteristic skin changes of the virus in a patient.

And the Belgian news agency (Belga) reported the discovery of the second case of the monkeypox virus in the Kingdom.

And the agency stated, quoting a tweet posted by virologist Mark van Ranst on his Twitter account, that the case of the infection that was discovered in a laboratory in the city of Leuven belongs to a man from the Flemish Brabant region in the Belgian province of Flanders. .

And the official news agency indicated that there is a need for further assessment regarding the possibility of a relationship between the two confirmed cases, as both persons attended the same party. The first case of monkey pox was discovered in Antwerp on Thursday.

And the Flemish Health and Welfare Agency announced that health authorities are scheduled to meet later Friday to discuss the approach to be taken to fight the virus.

Today, Friday, health authorities in Australia confirmed the registration of the first case of monkey pox in the country and said they were awaiting confirmation of a second infection with the virus.

And the Victorian Department of Health announced that the confirmed infection with the monkeypox virus belonged to a person in his thirties, who had just returned from Britain, adding that this person had been isolated far away.

The ministry said the man showed mild symptoms before landing in Melbourne last Monday, where he sought immediate medical attention.

The ministry said all persons who shared the same flights with this infected person are currently being tracked.

“Monkey pox is not easily transmitted from person to person, as it requires direct skin-to-skin contact through cracked skin, fluid or blisters, or prolonged face-to-face contact through the respiratory tract,” said Victoria State Health Chief Brett Sutton. in a statement.

Sutton added that people infected with monkey pox usually have muscle aches and fever before the rashes appear, which can be painful and itchy.

Earlier in the day, New South Wales health authorities said they had identified a “possible” case of monkey pox in a man in his forties who had recently returned to Australia from Europe.

And she said in a health warning today, “An urgent examination has been performed, which found the presence of a possible case of monkey pox and a confirmatory examination is currently underway.”

The man contracted a mild illness “a few days” after his return to Australia, and he is currently subject to isolation in his home, with contacts from home.

Kerry Chant, the state’s chief health officer, said NSW health authorities had issued a medical alert to working physicians and hospitals across the state.

The suspected case follows numerous recent cases of monkey pox in countries where the disease is not commonly found – including the United States, Britain, Spain and Portugal.

On Thursday evening, Canada announced the registration of the first two cases of smallpox in humans, following a series of cases of the virus in Europe.

“The province of Quebec has been notified of a positive test result for monkey pox in two samples taken from the National Laboratory of Microbiology. These are the first two cases confirmed in Canada,” Canada said in a statement.

Canadian authorities indicated that other suspected cases were being studied in the French-speaking city of Montreal. The Montreal Regional Department of Public Health reported 17 suspected cases.

After the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal announced on Wednesday that they had registered confirmed or suspected cases of aphids, a rare disease in Europe.

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it wants to highlight, in cooperation with Britain, the monkey pox infections that have been detected in this country since the beginning of May, particularly in the gay community.

On Wednesday evening, local health authorities in the Madrid region announced the discovery of 23 suspected cases of monkey pox, an endemic disease in West Africa.

Monkey pox is a rare disease that usually presents with fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and redness on the hands and face.

As for Portugal, there are “more than 20 suspected cases of smallpox (…) in the Lisbon region (west), five of which have been confirmed,” according to the country’s health authorities.

The small number of smallpox cases in Britain prompted authorities to vaccinate some healthcare workers and others at risk of contracting it from the smallpox vaccine, while a small number of cases have been confirmed in parts of Europe.

Monkey pox is a viral disease, the symptoms of which include fever, headache and rash and are usually mild.

There are two main types, the first being the Congo strain, which is the most dangerous, with a fatality rate of up to 10 percent. The other is the West African species, which has a mortality rate of about one percent.

Viral disease was first detected in monkeys. The infection is usually transmitted through close contact and is more common in West and Central Africa. The disease has rarely spread elsewhere, so this new wave of cases outside the African continent has raised concerns.

Britain has registered nine West African type cases so far.

A spokesman for the British Health and Safety Agency said there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, but the smallpox vaccine offers some protection.

According to the World Health Organization, data show that vaccines used to eradicate smallpox are up to 85 percent effective against monkeypox.

The first case of infection in Europe was confirmed on May 7 to a person who had returned to England from Nigeria, where monkey pox is endemic.

Since then, Portugal has registered 14 cases, and Spain has confirmed seven cases. The United States and Sweden have also reported one case each. And the Italian authorities have registered a confirmed case and two other cases are suspected.

The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa’s largest public health agency, said Thursday that several outbreaks of monkey pox on the continent were controlled during the COVID-19 pandemic as the world turned its attention to Corona.

The aphid is transmitted to central and western Africa, often near tropical rainforests, and is considered an endemic disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was first discovered there in the 1970s.

The disease can be transmitted from person to person through airborne droplets, close physical contact, or the sharing of contaminated clothing or objects.

It is worth noting that most of the cases that have been recorded so far are of men who have had sex with other men.

The virus usually causes symptoms similar to those of smallpox, but they are less severe. Cases can also be serious. Lyme is considered extinct worldwide since 1980 after a major vaccination campaign.

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