The disease is curable and has already been found in at least 10 countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) is reportedly calling an emergency meeting as more and more countries are discovering rare monkeypox cases. The U.S. government has already purchased a potential vaccine against the disease, here is what we know so far.
Where is it?
Monkeypox is endemic to parts of West and Central Africa, where it can be caught from infected wildlife such as rats, mice and squirrels. However, a UK lawsuit involving a patient earlier this month
“A Recent Travel History from Nigeria” As of Friday, 20 cases had been recorded in Britain, according to health officials.
Monkeypox cases have been reported in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Sweden, as well as in the United States and Australia.
What are the symptoms?
Monkeypox is similar to 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.
New cases of rare monkeypox have been found
Symptoms of monkeypox usually begin to appear within one to two weeks of infection and then persist for two to four weeks. Although there is no known cure for monkeypox, most patients recover, and the WHO estimates that the mortality rate is about 3-6%.
Health officials in several countries have noticed that among the incidents they have tracked, monkeypox-related lesions are mainly appearing on the genitals of male patients, leading to speculation about sexually transmitted infections.
How does it spread?
The WHO says that human-to-human transmission usually occurs through contact with respiratory droplets or skin lesions of an infected patient.
Although monkeypox was not previously thought of as a sexually transmitted infection, most cases discovered in the UK were among gay or bisexual men, while almost all Spanish and Portuguese cases involved men who had sex with other men. Health authorities there. In most cases in Canada, gay men have been involved, as has been the case elsewhere.
“The high prevalence of the current prevalence in England indicates that those who are gay or bisexual are more likely to be on the sex network,” he said. UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) researcher Mateo Prochajka Stated On tuesday. Although Prochazka warned that the disease could also be transmitted through “usually close contact”, gay and bisexual men Advised Caution by UKHSA “Abnormal rash or blisters on the face and genitals.”
What’s going on?
The Danish pharmaceutical firm Bavarian Nordic produces a combination of smallpox and monkeypox vaccines. The shot named Jynneos was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019, but has only been approved in Europe for vaccination against smallpox.
The United States has purchased millions of vaccine doses for the dangerous virus
On Wednesday, the Bavarian Nordic announced that the US government had ordered a freeze-dry dose of the $ 119 million genotype vaccine, which would be distributed from next year. The government’s total contract with the Bavarian Nordic amounts to $ 299 million, which will provide 13 million of these fridge-dry doses.
A day later, the pharma firm announced that it had secured a deal
“Unpublished European countries” Providing a vaccine (known as Imvanex in Europe) for off-label use against monkeypox.
The vaccine should be given to the public, UK health experts suggest that gay men may be vaccinated
Aren’t these all familiar words?
Those who are paying attention to this news may remember that the governments of the world are playing with the scene of the recent global monkeypox epidemic. In an exemplary exercise held last year, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Munich Security Conference modeled its expansion.
“A deadly, global pandemic involving an unusual strain of the monkeypox virus.” Resulting in “More than three billion cases and 270 million deaths worldwide.”
In conclusion, the NTI called on international organizations such as the UN and WHO to provide more power and funding and advised governments to respond to potential outbreaks by empowering themselves and forcing social distance and wearing masks.
Read more: Bill Gates has called for a global epidemic task force
Vaccine campaigner Bill Gates has also repeatedly warned of a possible smallpox outbreak and a
“Global Pandemic Task Force” Set up such a scenario in advance. Meanwhile, the health ministers of the G7 countries are currently practicing a mock epidemic in Berlin “Leopard” Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time.