Monkey pox.. The first official comment from health regarding Egypt’s position on infection

07:48 PM

Friday 20 May 2022

Books – Ahmed Gomaa:

The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed that it is closely following the epidemiological situation in the world of the “monkeypox” virus, which has spread in a number of European countries, stressing that there are no cases of infection or suspected infection with the virus so far.

Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the virus that causes smallpox is very close to the virus that causes smallpox, but it is less deadly and less transmissible.

And “Abdul Ghaffar” indicated in statements today, Friday, that monkeypox causes symptoms that include high temperature and rashes, and it was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958, hence its name.

He pointed out that the virus is endemic to West and Central Africa, and rarely reaches other continents, and when that happens, outbreaks of the disease are very few, and they are measured in individual numbers.

He stressed that the monkeypox virus is not similar to the nature of the Corona virus, as the latter was completely unknown when it first appeared, for every monkeypox is known to us, and we have experts specialized in dealing with it.

He explained that monkeypox does not spread easily, and does not spread through the air for long distances, but through contact with people infected with the virus for long periods and closely, which makes it unlikely that it will turn into a global pandemic such as “Covid 19.”

Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that the average number of people who contract the infection from an infected person is less than 1, which means that the outbreak can fade away naturally.

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Recently, more than 100 infections were recorded outside Africa, where the disease is endemic.

This comes at a time when new infections with the disease have been announced in a number of countries around the world, while people are increasingly curious to know information about this health disorder, the most important of which is its symptoms and how to prevent it as much as possible.

Monkeypox, a rare virus similar to human smallpox, was first detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s, and cases have increased in West Africa over the past decade.

And sources close to the World Health Organization reported that the United Nations organization will hold an emergency meeting on the outbreak of monkeypox on Friday.

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