According to a World Health Organization count on May 26, 257 confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported worldwide at that time. The WHO notes that “the onset of the disease in a number of non-endemic states suggests the possible existence of undetected transmission for some time.”
A publication dated May 30, 2022 on the website of the United Nations (UN news) reveals that “The sudden onset of monkeypox in several countries where the disease is not usually present suggests an undetected transmission for some time and recent amplification events”.
The vast majority of cases reported to date in four WHO regions do not have established travel links with an endemic area. These are patients who have come to primary care or sexual health services (…).
“Early epidemiology of early cases reported to WHO by countries shows that these cases have been reported primarily among men who have sex with men (MSM).”says WHO, noting that“A single case of monkeypox in a non-endemic country is considered an epidemic outbreak”.
The smallpox vaccine is being administered again in France in the face of the emergence of smallpox cases.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, mainly transmitted to humans by wild animals (rodents, primates). “It spreads through close contact and can therefore be relatively easily contained by measures such as self-isolation and hygiene.”
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. The mortality rate is typically between 1% and 10%, with the majority of deaths occurring in younger age groups according to the World Health Organization.
Among the immediate actions, the urgency is to provide accurate information to those most at risk of contracting smallpox. It is also about stopping the spread of the disease in at-risk groups and protecting frontline health workers (…).
Smallpox effects (photo illustration).
This infectious disease “Generally benign is endemic in parts of West and Central Africa.” The monkeypox virus, which has recently spread to several Western European countries, has also been detected on other continents.
Cases of infection have been reported in Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia. in France.