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Monkeypox hits several countries, Europe declares alert

Monkeypox

Abu Dhabi, (Business News Report)|| Monkeypox disease has strike many countries of the world, and European countries have declared a state of alert after confirming the presence of infections in at least five countries.

In addition to the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel and other countries, five European countries announced that they had cases, namely Britain, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy.

The disease was first detected in monkeys, usually transmitted through close contact, and rarely spread outside Africa, so this series of cases raised concern.

However, scientists do not expect the infection to develop into a pandemic like COVID-19 because the disease does not spread as easily as SARS-CoV-2.

Usually, monkeypox is a mild viral disease whose symptoms include fever and rash.

“This is the largest and most widespread outbreak of monkeypox ever seen in Europe,” said Germany’s armed forces’ medical service, which detected its first case in the country on Friday.

Fabian Leanderts of the Robert Koch Institute described the outbreak as a pandemic. “However, it is highly unlikely that this pandemic will last for long,” he said. “Infections can be isolated well by tracing contacts, and there are also effective drugs and vaccines that can be used when necessary.”

There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, but information shows that vaccines used to prevent smallpox are up to 85 percent effective against monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization.

British authorities said they had vaccinated some health care workers and others at risk of developing monkeypox with the smallpox vaccine.

Since 1970, monkeypox cases have been reported in 11 African countries, and there has been a large outbreak in Nigeria since 2017.

So far this year, there are 64 suspected cases, of which, according to the World Health Organization, 15 have been confirmed.

The first confirmed case of the disease in Europe was recorded on May 7, in a person who returned to England from Nigeria, and since that time more than 100 cases have been recorded outside Africa.