The corona virus epidemic has not yet ended from the world that now the threat of another disease has started looming.
The name of this disease is monkeypox and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the death of every 10th person infected with it.
Its cases have been confirmed in more than 10 countries of the world. In such a situation, WHO has also called an emergency meeting.
Let us know in which countries there have been cases of monkeypox.
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease. This disease is caused by infection with monkeypox virus which comes from the orthopoxvirus genus of the family Poxviridae.
The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes the viruses that cause smallpox and cowpox.
Monkeypox virus was first detected in 1958. Then a disease like pox was seen due to this virus in the monkey settlements prepared for research.
First case confirmed in France and Belgium
The first case of monkeypox was confirmed on Friday in the Ile-de-France region of France. Paris is also included in this region.
French health officials said that the return of the infected person from the affected country has not been confirmed. This is a matter of concern.
Similarly, in the Flemish Brabant region of Belgium, two cases have been confirmed today. However, the condition of both is currently normal and they have been quarantined.
Country’s first case found in Munich in Germany
The first case of monkeypox has also been reported in Munich, Germany on Friday. The Institute of Microbiology of the German Armed Forces has confirmed this. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has called for an analysis of the virus and detection of other cases.
21 cases confirmed in Spain and 23 in Portugal
The disease is spreading rapidly in many parts of Europe. With 14 cases found on Friday in Spain’s Madrid and the Canary Islands, the total number of infected people has increased to 21. Apart from this, 20 people have been considered suspicious.
Similarly, 23 cases have been reported in Portugal. Out of these, 10 patients have been identified. The rapidly increasing number of cases has worried the health experts of the country.
The infection was confirmed in 20 people in the UK and two in Canada
According to the United Kingdom (UK) Health Protection Agency, 11 new cases of infection have been reported in the country on Friday. With this, the total number of infected has gone up to 20.
The agency has asked gay and bisexual people to be especially vigilant and to contact a doctor if they notice any unusual symptoms.
Similarly, two new cases have been confirmed in Canada and 17 other suspected cases are being investigated.
Cases have been reported in Sweden and Italy
One case of the disease has been reported in Sweden, while in Italy the total number of infected has gone up to three with two cases reported on Friday. The government of both countries has launched a campaign to identify and investigate the suspects.
Cases found in America and Australia
On Thursday, the first case of monkeypox was confirmed in Massachusetts, USA . The infected person had traveled to Canada in April and returned this month.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking six more suspected cases.
Similarly, Australian authorities said on Friday that they had identified a possible case of monkeypox in a traveler from Europe, the investigation of which is ongoing.
Prevalence and symptoms
How does the monkeypox virus spread and what are its symptoms?
Anyone can become infected by coming into contact with an animal or human infected with monkeypox. This virus enters the body through broken skin, breath and mouth.
It is spread through large respiratory droplets released during a sneeze or cough.
The symptoms of monkeypox in humans are similar to smallpox. In the beginning there is fever, headache, muscle and back pain, tiredness and in three days the rash starts appearing on the body.
WHO called an emergency meeting
After cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 10 countries of the world, the WHO has called an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss.
In this, the causes, means and efforts to contain the spread of the virus will be discussed. According to the WHO, there have been more than 100 cases of this disease in Europe. Therefore, it is important to detect them as soon as possible.
Similarly, other countries will also have to take necessary steps to prevent this.