Information about the penetration of smallpox into Europe, as well as the USA and Australia, have raised eyebrows for scientists, but all agree that a similar epidemic and the need to take such tough measures as in the coronavirus pandemic are not threatening this time. Experts are already coming up with the first set of precautionary measures that we should follow. What do we know about the disease so far and how can we minimize the possibility of infection? Smallpox monkeys have been known since the 1970s, when they were first recorded in Central and West Africa. What surprises the scientific community the most is their rapid spread to countries and continents where it has not yet occurred. Although smallpox monkeys rarely end in death and should be cured after two weeks, experts say they should be careful now. “I’m sure the number of cases will increase,” warns Charlotte Hammer, an epidemiologist at Cambridge University. “Smallpox monkeys have an incubation period of one to three weeks, so it is likely that new infections will appear in people who have been in contact with cases that have already been identified,” the expert added. The 14 countries already affected have so far avoided the disease, but according to reports from other countries, it is approaching us by leaps and bounds. More and more countries in Europe are reported to be infected, but also the USA, Canada and Australia. The United Kingdom was the first to report smallpox in early May, where it had already registered 20 cases over the weekend, and one child was in critical condition. A total of 14 countries have already been affected, with Switzerland and Israel joining them over the weekend alone.
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