Monkeypox Outbreak

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US President Joe Biden has raised concerns over the Monkeypox outbreak in Israel and Switzerland which have recorded their first cases this weekend.

In UK, doctors have warned that the infection is spreading through community transmission and new infections are now being detected on a daily basis.

Health officials are set to announce the latest number of UK monkeypox infections today as the government directs close contact of cases to self-isolate for 21 days.

According to World Health Organisation, Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.

The infection presents clinically with fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications.

Dr. Susan Hopkins, a chief medical adviser from the UK security agency (UKHSA), told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “We are detecting more cases on a daily basis.

“We know there’s been a period of restrictions across Europe, and we don’t know where this infection has come from and how it’s come into Europe.

“There’s no obvious connection in our cases in the UK to a single event.”

New guidance from the UKHSA recommends people who have had “unprotected direct contact or high-risk environmental contact” with the disease should isolate – and avoid contact with immunosuppressed people, pregnant women, and children under 12.

Those contacts include household contact, sexual contact, or changing an infected person’s bedding without wearing appropriate PPE. They should also be offered a vaccine.

BY Sky News

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