The World Health Organization (WHO) has anticipated an outbreak of monkeypox in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, the United Nations has confirmed 80 cases of monkeypox in 11 nations. “So far, 80 instances have been confirmed, with another 50 under investigation. As surveillance expands, more incidents are likely to be reported “it added.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is endemic in specific animal populations in several countries, resulting in epidemics among locals and visitors on occasion. The WHO has stated that they are investigating the unusual disease to determine its scope and aetiology.
The Indian government has asked National Centre for Disease Control and the ICMR to remain vigilant due to the monkeypox outbreak. “Keep a close watch on Monkeypox situation abroad; isolate sick passengers from affected countries and send their samples to NIV Pune for investigation”, the Union Health Ministry said.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms that are strikingly similar to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, however it is less severe clinically.
It has a distinct spread than Covid-19. WHO advises individuals to be informed about the magnitude of the outbreak in their neighborhood (if any), symptoms, and prevention from credible sources such as national health agencies.
Monkeypox is characterized by fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes, according to the World Health Organization, and can result in a variety of medical consequences. It is usually a self-limiting condition that lasts between 2 and 4 weeks. It starts with a flu-like illness and lymph node swelling, then a rash on the face and body.
Although there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, the WHO reports that vaccines used to eradicate smallpox are up to 85% effective against monkeypox. Monkeypox incidences have been documented in 11 African countries since 1970. Since 2017, Nigeria has been experiencing a large-scale outbreak.
The UK Health Security Agency stated the recent instances in the country were mostly among men. Who self-identified as gay, bisexual, or having sex with men. And that 20 cases have already been confirmed. On Friday, Portugal discovered nine more cases, bringing the total to 23. The preceding 14 cases were all discovered in sexual health clinics. And involved guys between the ages of 20 and 40 who identified as gay, bisexual, or having sex with men.