Previously detected in the United Kingdom and Portugal, Monkeypox has been reported to infect gay men in Madrid.
Spanish health authorities have issued a warning about the possible outbreak of the monkeypox – a rare and curable viral infection in Madrid. The warning follows similar outbreaks in the UK and Portugal, and all Spanish patients are gay men.
Spain’s health ministry sent a warning to regional health authorities on Tuesday, after health officials in Madrid recorded eight suspected cases of monkeypox. Samples have been sent to Spain’s National Center for Microbiology for a specific diagnosis.
“Generally speaking, monkeypox spreads through respiration, but the characteristics of the eight suspected cases point to fluid communication,” he said. A spokesman for Madrid’s regional health department told the Guardian. “In Madrid, there are eight suspected cases of men having sex with men. They are doing well but may need hospital treatment for this illness. ”
Monkeypox is like human smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980 and may be confused with chickenpox. Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, lymph node swelling, chills and fatigue. A rash often starts in the mouth and then spreads to other parts of the body.
There is no cure for monkeypox, although most patients experience mild symptoms and recover within a few weeks.
The Spanish outbreak follows similar clusters of infections in the UK and Portugal. About 20 suspected cases of monkeypox were discovered among young men near Lisbon this week, with a similar outbreak being reported for the first time in the UK earlier this month. As of Monday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed seven cases of monkeypox, including four recent cases involving gay or bisexual men.
Monkeypox is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa, where it can be caught from infected wildlife such as rats, mice and squirrels. A patient is involved in the first case in the United Kingdom “Recent Travel History of Nigeria,” According to UKHSA.