Monkey pox: fever, lymph nodes… what is the “Monkeypox” virus, cases of which have been identified in Europe?

Cases of “monkey pox” have been detected in the UK, Portugal and now Spain. The WHO is trying to find out more about this virus.

Covid, and now monkeypox. After the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal announced this Wednesday, May 18 in turn to have identified more than 40 suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypoxa rare disease in Europe. Should we be worried though?

The World Health Organization (WHO) in any case said on Tuesday that it wanted to shed light, with the help of the United Kingdom, on the cases of monkey pox detected in this country since the beginning of May, in particular in the homosexual community. It should however be clarified that at this stage, no link with the sexual orientation of the cases can be officially established.

What is “Monkeypox”?

This is an infrequent disease, usually manifesting as feverfrom muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash on the hands and face, like chicken pox, details a press release from the health authorities of the Madrid region.

This virus is usually transmitted through the respiratory route. The WHO reassures: “In general, the lethality rate (…) has been established between 1% and 10%, most deaths occurring in the youngest”, specifying that “the incubation period (. ..) is usually 6 to 16 days but can range from 5 to 21 days”. Levolution of the disease would therefore be rather positive.

A total of twenty-three suspected cases of this viral disease, called “Monkeypox”, endemic to West Africa, have been identified in the Madrid region, local health authorities announced on Wednesday evening. In Portugal, there are “more than 20 suspected cases in the Lisbon region (west), of which five have been confirmed”, announced the General Directorate of Health of Portugal in a press release obtained by Le Figaro.

In Canada, at least thirteen cases are being reviewed, according to Radio-Canadaand in the United States, a case was confirmed in Massachusetts, in a traveler who came from Canada.

Since May 6, seven cases have been identified in the UK, including four cases in people identifying as “gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men”, according to the UK Security Agency. health (UKHSA).

An individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people.

More information can be found here:https://t.co/DnN8j88MfR

— UK Health Security Agency (@UKHSA) May 9, 2022

Spanish and Portuguese authorities have issued a national health alert.

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