The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a dire warning regarding the confirmed case of deadly Monkeypox in the UK. Meanwhile the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the Monkeypox cases detected in London and North East England, had no known link to the 3 previous infections. Monkeypox is a virus that is usually found in Central and West Africa. This virus can be transmitted through contact as well as droplet exposure through exhaled large droplets. According to the global health agency, the symptoms caused when a person is exposed to this virus can be mild or severe, including very itchy and painful lesions.
Currently, UKHSA has also established general contact with 2 of the 4 most recent infection cases. Quoted from The Express page, Wednesday (18/5/2022), the health agency is also investigating a link to the virus, because the four new cases have identified themselves as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with other men. "Any illness acquired during travel or after returning from an endemic area should be reported to a healthcare professional, including information on all travel history and recent immunizations," the WHO said in a statement. Residents and travelers visiting endemic countries, the WHO said, should avoid contact with sick animals, both dead and alive.
"Because these animals can harbor the Monkeypox virus, such as rats, marsupials and primates. They should also refrain from consuming or handling game (wild animal meat). In addition, it is also important to maintain hand hygiene using soap and water, or alcohol-based cleansers. ," said WHO. Meanwhile, a specific vaccine and treatment has recently been approved for Monkeypox. "They were given in 2019 and 2022, respectively, but these precautions are not yet widely available," the WHO said. UKHSA also notes that no new cases have visited a country where Monkeypox is endemic.
In the past month, a total of seven cases have been identified, the first of which had just returned from Nigeria, where he is believed to have contracted the virus. UKHSA Chief Medical Advisor Dr Susan Hopkins said 'this is rare and unusual'. "Evidence suggests that there may be community transmission of Monkeypox virus, spread by close contact. We particularly urge gay and bisexual men to be aware of any unusual rash or lesions and contact sexual health services immediately," said Dr Hopkins. WHO said that since September 2017, Nigeria has continued to report cases of Monkeypox.
But it is important to emphasize that the virus does not spread easily between people and requires close personal contact with an infected person.
"The overall risk to the general population remains very low. We are contacting any friends, family or potential contacts in the community. We are also working with the NHS to reach healthcare contacts who had close contact with cases prior to confirmation of their infection, to assess and provide advice. medical," said Dr Brown.
"From September 2017 to April 30, 2022, a total of 558 suspected cases have been reported from 32 regions of the country. Of these, 241 cases were confirmed, of which 8 deaths were recorded," the WHO said. Meanwhile, UKHSA Director of Clinical Infections, Dr Colin Brown said that an investigation would continue to determine the source of the infection.