Monkeypox terrifies Europe... the first measure to prevent it

Monkeypox terrifies Europe... the first measure to prevent it
Monkeypox terrifies Europe... the first measure to prevent it

Germany described the new outbreak of "monkeypox" as the largest outbreak of the disease in Europe so far, after confirmed infections in at least 5 countries: Britain, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.

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.

Monkeypox is usually a mild viral disease whose symptoms include fever and rash.

With several confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, this is the largest and most widespread outbreak of monkeypox in Europe to date, the medical service in the German armed forces said, which monitored its first case in the country, on Friday.

Fabian Leanderts of the Robert Koch Institute described the outbreak as a pandemic.

He said, However, it is highly unlikely that this pandemic will last for long. 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 Thursday they had vaccinated some health care workers and others at risk of developing monkeypox with the smallpox vaccine.

Unusual cases

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.

And 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.

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