Monkeypox outbreak fears as health chiefs confirm dozens of reported cases in Africa

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/monkeypox-outbreak-fears-health-chiefs-11315946

Monkeypox cases are being investigated in Nigeria amid fears of a possible outbreak.

The rare contagious disease is transmitted through wild animals and can prove fatal to humans with younger people said to be most at risk.

The virus is usually identified in remote parts of Africa near tropical rainforests.

There is no known treatment but vaccinations for smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980, have shown to be effective to halt the spread.

Fears of a fresh outbreak of the disease emerged after Nigerian health chiefs declared dozens of cases have been reported across the country, including two in the country’s largest city Lagos.

Lagos health commissioner Dr Jide Idris said 32 reported cases of monkeypox across Nigeria were being investigated, Vanguard reported.

He told a news conference: “Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is the need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the state government.

“The symptoms in human is similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patient although less severe – monkeypox should be suspected in any person with rash, fever, chills, sweats, headache backache, lymphadenopathy, sore-throats, cough and shortness of breath.

“Residents are urged to adequate measures in order to reduce the risk of contracting the diseases.”

Monkeypox was first detected in Copenhagen in 1958 during a study into a pox-like disease among monkeys.

According to the World Health Organisation , the virus was first identified in 1970 through a nine-year-old boy in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The majority of cases have been reported western Africa.

A major outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996 when 71 suspected cases were reported.

https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/symptoms.html

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nasty looking but not usually fatal..

“The symptoms in human is similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patient although less severe – monkeypox should be suspected in any person with rash, fever, chills, sweats, headache backache, lymphadenopathy, sore-throats, cough and shortness of breath.”

keep an eye on it..

401

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~ by seeker401 on October 11, 2017.

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