First case of monkey pox detected

This announcement follows the detection in several European and North American countries of cases of this endemic disease in West Africa. He is a 30-year-old man who recently returned from Western Europe, a spokesman for Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv told AFP. On Friday, the Ministry of Health indicated that this man, whose symptoms are mild, had been in contact with a patient abroad.

Several successful countries, including France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Spain and Sweden, have had cases reported. Monkeypox or “simian orthopoxvirus” is a rare disease whose pathogen can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. Its symptoms resemble, in less serious, those observed in the past in subjects with smallpox: fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, during the first five days. Then appear rashes, lesions, pustules and finally scabs.

Symptoms for 14 to 21 days

There is no cure for monkeypox, which usually resolves on its own and symptoms last 14 to 21 days. Human-to-human transmission can result from close contact with infected respiratory tract secretions, skin lesions of an infected person, or objects recently contaminated with body fluids or material from a patient’s lesions.

Most of the cases have been identified among men who have sex with men, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, which has already indicated that it wants to shed light on the transmission of the virus within the community. homosexual.

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