UK offers to administer vaccine to monkeypox positive


One thousand doses of Imvanex formula have already been shipped. There are already 56 positives in the British Isles since the alarm was sounded on 7 May

A person passes by the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA).  in London.
A person passes by the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA). in London.TEXT AKMENEFE

United Kingdom has added another 36 monkeypox infections in recent days, raising the number Number of 56 confirmed cases since the alarm went off on 7 May, The outbreak is active in the community and is spreading particularly among gay and bisexual men with no apparent or direct connection to West Africa. “A remarkable proportion of recent UK and European cases have been found in gay and bisexual men, so we urge these men to be especially vigilant for symptomsSusan Hopkins, medical adviser to the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA).

The agency has activated a high-risk contact tracing system for infected people, for whom it recommends Imprisoned in their homes for 21 days. Also, in most situations, they are offered the option of vaccination against this zoonotic infection, which is relatively rare in Europe. As of yesterday, a thousand doses of Imvanex, a serum approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of smallpox, had been released. According to British officials, more than 3,500 doses are reserved on the island.

The increase was assumed to be an increase of 20 cases confirmed last Friday. In the morning, the Scottish Public Health Agency (PHS) announced the first diagnosis of simian pox in the autonomous region, although it did not disclose details about the sick person’s social, sexual or cultural background. ,We have a very well established and robust infection control protocol To treat cases similar to infectious diseases, and we will implement that,” said PHS chief medical and scientific officer Nick Finn.

Various health authorities in the UK are cooperating and exchanging information to investigate sources of transmission of infection. At the same time, and as explained by the Scottish expert, information and medical advice is provided to close contacts of a monkeypox patient, which may include vaccination supplies,

The UK has not granted a national license for a specific vaccine against monkeypox. but UKHSA and the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) “recommend” using Imvanex, which contains the modified Ankara cowpox virus, which was approved by the European Agency in 2013. The antiviral is manufactured by the Danish laboratory Bavarian Nordic and was already administered in the United Kingdom to prevent previous outbreaks of this zoonotic infection. The current stock of the serum at UK centers expires in September this year.

UKHSA recommends giving close contacts a dose of vaccine ‘as soon as possible’ of confirmed patients, although the effectiveness in reducing the effects of disease can last up to 14 days after exposure. In addition, two doses of the serum are given at four-week intervals to medical personnel who are visiting or caring for infected people.

“basically This is a very rare disease and so far its consequences do not seem to be very serious.But it is important to be vigilant,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The conservative president did not give details on the points or chains of transmission of cases found in the United Kingdom.

In any case, experts have no doubt that the virus is spreading in the community, citizens traveling to Great Britain from any West African country without clear connections to those affectedAfrican regions associated with monkeypox outbreaks identified on the island.

recommendations in the European Union

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) yesterday published a new review of the monkeypox outbreak, which has spread to several EU countries, and recommended that Member States rapidly identify, manage, contact tracing and Focus on notification. cases of monkeypox.” In addition, he said countries should “update their contact tracing mechanisms, diagnostic capacity for orthopoxviruses, and review the availability of smallpox vaccines.” , for health professionals Antiviral and personal protective equipment.

from Last May 15 and till yesterday, as per ECDChas been notified Nine member states (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden) have a total of 67 cases of monkeypox., According to the European body, currently diagnosed cases of monkeypox in humans occur mainly in men who have sex with men, suggesting that transmission may occur during intimate relationships. The ECDC notes, “Transmission can occur through close contact of mucosa or non-intact skin with infectious material from wounds, or through large respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact.”

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