The monkeypox is rapidly spreading over Europe and North America: 10 Facts

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Hundreds of cases of monkeypox, a virus that transmits from ill animals like rats to humans, have been detected in Europe and North America. The recent outbreaks are being coordinated with health officials, according to the World Health Organization.

The following are ten facts about the monkeypox outbreak:

Monkeypox is a very uncommon viral illness that is comparable to human smallpox. It was initially found in 1958 in study monkeys. Humans were first exposed to monkeypox in 1970.

Monkeypox is spread by biting or touching the blood, body fluids, or hair of an infected animal. It is suspected to be spread by rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels. The disease can also be contracted by eating raw or undercooked meat from an infected animal.

Several of these illnesses, according to doctors, can be transferred through sexual activity. According to the WHO, the majority of the cases were persons who identified as homosexual or bisexual.

Human monkeypox symptoms include fever, muscular aches, lesions, and chills.

Following reports of more than 40 potential and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Spain and Portugal, Canada has said it is examining more than a dozen suspected cases. Today, Sweden and Italy both reported their first cases of monkeypox.

The first case of monkeypox in the United States was recorded just yesterday. After visiting Canada, a guy in Massachusetts tested positive.

Since May 6, nine cases have been verified in the United Kingdom.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there had been no documented cases of monkeypox in Nigeria for 40 years before 2017.

Monkeypox has no particular therapy at the moment. Patients will almost certainly need to stay in a specialized hospital to prevent the infection from spreading and to treat general symptoms.

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox takes 6 to 13 days to incubate, although it can take anywhere from 5 to 21 days.


An image created during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 1996 to 1997, shows the hands of a patient with a rash due to monkeypox, in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022. CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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