According to a World Health Organization count on May 26, 257 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide on that date. The WHO notes that “the occurrence of the disease in a number of non-endemic states suggests the possible existence of undetected transmission at a certain time”.
A publication on May 30, 2022 on the United Nations website (UN infos) reveals that “The sudden appearance of monkeypox at once in several countries where the disease is not usually present, suggests an undetected transmission from a certain time and recent amplification events”.
The vast majority of cases reported to date in four WHO regions do not pass established travel lenses with an endemic area. These are patients who have come to primary care or sexual health services (…).
“Early epidemiology of the first cases reported to WHO by countries shows that this case has been reported mainly among men who have sex with men (MSM).”WHO pointed out that“A single case of monkeypox in a non-endemic country is considered an epidemic outbreak”.
The smallpox vaccine is being administered again in France in the face of the emergence of smallpox cases.
Smallpox is a rare viral disease, mainly transmitted to humans by wild animals (rodents, primates). “It spreads through contact and can therefore be relatively easily contained by measures such as self-isolation and hygiene.”
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. The mortality rate is usually between 1% and 10%, with the majority of deaths occurring in younger age groups according to the World Health Organization.
Among the immediate actions, the urgency is to provide accurate information to those most at risk of contracting smallpox. It is also about stopping the spread of the disease in at-risk groups and protecting frontline health workers (…).
Smallpox effects (photo illustration).
This disease was infectious “It is generally endemic in some parts of West and Central Africa.” The smallpox virus has recently been repeated in several Western European countries, and has been detected on other continents.
Cases of infection have been reported, especially in Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, and France.