It spread in Spain through the sauna .. Experts determine the danger of monkeypox

It spread in Spain through the sauna .. Experts determine the danger of monkeypox
It spread in Spain through the sauna .. Experts determine the danger of monkeypox


Global health officials have sounded the alarm about the rising number of monkeypox infections in Europe and other regions, the most common viral infection in western and central Africa.

The World Health Organization said that as of Friday, about 80 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed, and another 50 cases were being verified in 11 countries.

Here is what is known about the current outbreak and the relative risk of monkeypox:


How dangerous is it?


A US public health official told reporters Friday that the risks to the general public are currently low.

Monkeypox is a virus that can cause symptoms including high fever and pain, and appears as a characteristic rash.

This disease is related to smallpox, but it is usually milder, especially the West African strain of the virus that was detected in an infection in the United States, which has a mortality rate of about one percent.

Most people recover completely within two to four weeks, the official said.

The virus is not transmitted as easily as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that catalyzed the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts believe the current outbreak of monkeypox is spread through direct contact with the skin of a person with an active rash.

Experts said that would make it easier to contain its spread once the infection was identified.

Covid is spread through the respiratory system and is highly contagious. This does not appear to be the case with monkeypox, said Dr. Martin Hirsch of Massachusetts General Hospital.

According to Reuters, many, but not all, of the people diagnosed with the current outbreak of monkeypox are gay men, including infections in Spain that have been linked to a sauna in the Madrid region.


What do health experts care about?


According to the World Health Organization, the outbreaks that have been recorded so far so far are atypical because they occur in countries where the virus usually does not spread.

Scientists are seeking to understand the origin of the current infections and whether anything about the virus has changed.

Most of the cases recorded so far have been detected in Britain, Spain and Portugal.

Cases were also recorded in Canada and Australia, and one case of monkeypox was confirmed in the American city of Boston, where public health officials announced the possibility of more infections appearing in the United States.

WHO officials have expressed concern that more infections could emerge as people gather for festivals, parties and holidays over the coming summer months in Europe and other regions.


How can people be protected from infection?


Britain has begun vaccinating health care workers, who may be at risk while caring for patients, with a smallpox vaccine that can also protect against monkeypox.

The US government says it has enough smallpox vaccine stored in its strategic national stockpile to vaccinate the entire US population.

A spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that there are antiviral drugs for smallpox that can also be used to treat monkeypox under certain conditions.

More broadly, health officials say people should avoid close contact with someone who has a rash or appears sick.

People who suspect they have monkeypox should self-isolate and seek medical attention.


What may be the reason behind the rise in injuries?


Viruses are nothing new and they are expected, said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with the Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Organization of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

She added that a number of factors precipitated the emergence and spread of viruses, including increased global travel and climate change.

She said the world is also on greater alert for new outbreaks of any type of virus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Global health reveals the main causes of the outbreak of monkeypox

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