Monkeypox spreads in Italy and Sweden and WHO raises alarm to trace contacts


So far, four countries in Africa have reported cases of monkeypox in 2022, namely Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

Microscope image provided by US CDC shows cells infected with monkeypox.
Microscope image provided by US CDC shows cells infected with monkeypox.AP
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Italy and Sweden become the last countries to report cases of monkeypox this Thursday Great Britain, Spain, Portugal and the United States, while the WHO has requested that the contacts of the wave of cases be traced. The disease, which can be spread from person to person by airborne droplets, close body contact, or sharing contaminated bedding or objects, occurs in Central and West Africa.

According to the Swedish Public Health Agency, there is an infected person in the Stockholm area. “The person infected with the virus in Sweden is not seriously ill, but is undergoing treatment,” the infectious disease specialist said. Clara Sonden This is a statement-. We still don’t know where the person got infected. The investigation is on on this.”

The first infection of monkeypox has also been found in Italy. Head of Health for the Lazio Region, Alessio D’Amatoannounced on Facebook that the case has been confirmed at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Italy.

ANSA news agency has reported that the infected person had returned From a trip to the Canary Islands and was isolated in a hospital in Rome.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which is already battling the coronavirus pandemic affecting the world for the past three years, has called for Contact tracing of a rise in cases.

So far four countries in Africa have reported cases of monkeypox in 2022, namely Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and NigeriaWHO has informed the DPA. The infection is thought to be endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was first discovered in humans in 1970.

The general public and health clinics should remain vigilant and have specialized personnel check for unusual skin rashes, the WHO warns in another statement. If monkeypox is suspected, the patient must be differentThe health agency continues.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Wednesday that a person from that country has been infected.

A resident of the northeastern US state of Massachusetts was tested Tuesday, and CDC laboratories confirmed monkeypox the next day. The CDC said the infected person had recently traveled to Canada by private transport.

Canada’s CBC reported that Quebec health officials are investigating whether monkeypox has spread there, after a visitor to the province was later confirmed as a case.

In Spain, eight infections have been confirmed in Madrid, while in Portugal about 20 people have been infected. Most of the cases reported so far have been in men who have had sexual contact with other men.

Britain’s Health and Safety Authority said on Wednesday that the number of cases detected in the UK had risen to nine. The first person detected in early May was someone who had recently traveled to Nigeria.

British authorities have advised the public, especially men who have sex with men, to be on the alert for any injuries to their bodies.

The virus usually causes symptoms similar to smallpox, but milder. Matters can also be serious. Smallpox is believed to have been eradicated worldwide since 1980 following a major vaccination campaign.

Experts suspect that the pathogen that causes monkeypox is transmitted to rodents – monkeys are the so-called false hosts. According to the WHO, previous cases were usually due to travel to parts of West and Central Africa. Monkeypox has appeared more frequently in Nigeria in recent years. A total of 558 suspected cases have been reported there since 2017. Of these, 241 have been confirmed and eight people have died.

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