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Europe and North America report first cases of monkeypox


Published on: 05/19/2022 – 04:45 After the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States announced on Wednesday the presence of suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox on their territories. This viral infection, which causes fever and headaches in particular, is cured on its own. Several dozen suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been detected since early May in Europe and North America, raising fears of the start of the spread of this endemic disease in West Africa. The United Kingdom, which first reported cases, detected from May 6, said in a statement on Wednesday May 18 that it had identified two new ones, bringing the total number of people infected to nine. of the first infected individual, who had recently traveled to Nigeria, these patients were infected in the United Kingdom, according to the British health security agency (UKHSA). “These latest cases, together with reports of cases in various European countries, confirm what we initially feared that there may be transmission of monkeypox within our communities,” explained the Dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s chief medical adviser, was quoted in the statement. Fever and headache Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. Rashes may occur, often on the face, and spread to other parts of the body including the genitals. There is no cure for monkeypox, which is spread by contact with an infected person or their body fluids, including saliva. This viral infection is self-curing. On Wednesday, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the United States took turns reporting spotting the presence of monkeypox, or what appears to be the be, in their territory. The two countries of the Iberian Peninsula reported having identified around forty suspected or confirmed cases of this disease, which led the Spanish and Portuguese authorities to issue a national health alert. In Canada, more than ten suspected cases were Wednesday being examined in Montreal, according to the public channel Radio-Canada, which quotes the health authorities of the city. And in the United States, a man who had recently traveled to Canada tested positive for this disease in the State of Massachusetts. the disease is not very contagious between humans. However, the increase in apparent outbreaks is worrying, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that it is taking a close interest in the fact that some of the cases in the United Kingdom appear to have been passed on within the homosexual community. we observe transmissions among men who have sex with men”, which is “new information that we must study properly to better understand the dynamics” of transmission, declared Ibrahima Socé Fall, Deputy Director General of WHO for emergency response, in Geneva. But “anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, can spread monkeypox,” the United States Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC ), the main federal health agency in the country. With AFP

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