Geneva, dt. 24 July 2022 Sunday
After the corona virus, now monkeypox is becoming a cause of concern for the world. Cases that started from Britain and Europe are now being found in some countries including India. In view of the current situation, WHO has declared this as a global health emergency. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday that the current global monkeypox outbreak is a ‘health emergency’.
Dr Tedros said, A month ago I asked the emergency committee to assess whether the monkeypox outbreak in some countries is a health emergency or not. He said that then 3040 cases were reported in 47 countries but since then there has been an increase in monkeypox transmission. Now more than 16 thousand cases and five deaths have been confirmed in 75 countries. As the furor grew, I asked the committee on Thursday to take a second look at the new data and advise me based on it.
Monkeypox (orthopoxvirus infection) is a rare disease that looks similar to chickenpox. The disease was first seen in ports in 1958, hence the name monkeypox. In the year 1970, the first case of monkeypox was reported in a young man.
How dangerous is monkeypox virus infection?
According to the WHO, monkeypox is a rare virus, the infection of which can be serious in some cases. There are two strains of this virus – the first is the Congo strain and the second is the West African strain. Both strains prey on children as young as 5 years old. The case fatality rate for infection with the Congo strain is 10% and the case fatality rate for infection with the West African strain is 1%.
What are the symptoms of infection with monkeypox virus?
According to WHO, the symptoms of monkeypox can appear from day 5 to day 21 of infection. Early symptoms are flu-like, including fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. After which pimples start to appear on the face, which spreads to other parts of the body as well.
During the course of the infection these granules undergo certain changes and finally fall off in a crust similar to that of smallpox. If rashes are seen on the body after fever, consult a doctor immediately.