Monkeypox cases confirmed in the US and Europe

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Health authorities in Massachusetts have confirmed a case of the rare illness, monkeypox. It is the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the US this year, according to The Washington Post (WAPO).

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Monkeypox virus has been confirmed in the US. It is transmissible, yet health authorities do not think it will spread to pandemic levels.Cal State Exchange

The disease first came under scientist radar back in 1958, while observing the monkeys for research. Two outbreaks affected the monkeys with a pox-like disease; hence, the disease was then called monkeypox. The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Monkeypox can spread from animal to person, but not from human to human so easily. Aris Katzourakis, a professor of evolution and genomics at the University of Oxford speaks of the transmission and confirmation of monkeypox cases emerging in several countries as, striking.

He said,

“It’s either a lot of bad luck or something quite unusual happening here,”

About Monkeypox

The CDC states that monkeypox can be transmitted through contact with animals, infected people and materials used by infected people. Monkeypox virus enters the body through broken skin (even if not visible), respiratory tract, and mucous membranes (eyes, nose, throat, etc.).

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Monkeypox was first discovered amongst groups of monkeys in Africa in 1970.Dr. Meghan Davis

The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that there are two identified strains of monkeypox; one more fatal than the other. Regarding mortality, the Congo Basin strain of monkeypox has a fatality rate of up to 11%, roughly 1/10 people. The West African strain of monkeypox is less fatal with a reported 1% or 1/100 people dying from the disease.

Currently worldwide, 68 suspected cases, including eight in England and 20 in Portugal have been reported. The U.S. has confirmed one case of monkeypox in Massachusetts, according to National Public Radio (NPR).

In a WAPO article, Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security mentions that no travel link has been found, regarding sourcing these infections. He adds that historically, monkeypox outbreaks have been low,

“So I think the risk to the general public at this point, from the information we have, is very, very low.”

Credits:

Washington Post

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

National Public Radio

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