The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly been holding daily meetings on monkeypox, and today the gathering was due to emergency.
WHO health secretary Sajid Javid said that the United Kingdom's Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed 11 cases in addition to the nine previously identified. The initial case in the UK was in someone who had returned from Nigeria, according to The Independent. CNN reports that two individuals traveling from Nigeria rested positive upon entering America.
This doubling of cases in a short period of time led to the convening of several virologists and health professionals to discuss the rare 'smallpox-like' virus.
Leading experts are especially concerned with how the virus is being spread as it seems to have an "unusually high prevalence in gay and bis.xual men," as reported. Furthermore, a vaccination solution is already on the cards.
As we are still getting to grips with the many mutations of the COVID-19 virus, read on to find out more about the pox terrorising doctors. Some cases in Europe have been linked to people returning on travel from Africa, leading media outlets in the United States and abroad to label monkeypox as a disease that is 'more prevalent in Africa'.
As mentioned above, there are fears of a wider outbreak in specific communities, which is not cause for alarm or panic, but rather to allow for more effective virology research.
Caren Gilchrist of CNBC reports: "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Infection and the UK's Health Security Agency urged gay and biseual men in particular to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions".
According to the American Centers for Disease Control, the first symptoms are fever, chills, exhaustion, headache and muscle weakness. This is followed by swelling in the lymph nodes.
Next, a rash develops on the face and body, as well as inside the mouth and in the palms of hands and soles of the feet. These "poxes" or sores have the appearance of pearls and they are filled with fluid, often surrounded by red circles. The sores finally scab over and "resolve over a period of two to three weeks".
Michael Head, a senior global health researcher, says that while the monkeypox is 'a serious infection', it will not rise to the level of a pandemic. "It would be very unusual to see anything more than a handful of cases in any outbreak, and we won't be seeing Covid-style levels of transmission," Head said in a statement to CNN.
Common household disinfectants or detergents can kill the monkeypox virus, according to the American CDC, but it seems the WHO will have the final say.
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