The ECDC will continue to monitor this event through intelligence activities on epidemics and report on relevant news on an ad hoc basis. The ECDC published a news item on May 19, with initial recommendations. An epidemiological update will be published on May 20. Multilateral meetings have been held between affected countries, WHO IHR and ECDC to share information and coordinate the response.
A process has been created in EpiPulse to allow countries to share information with each other, WHO and ECDC. The production of a Rapid Risk Assessment was launched with a forward-looking publication on Monday, May 23.Situational updates on a current evolving outbreak or public health threat. Epidemiological updates usually contain a description of the number of cases, the temporal and geographical distribution, as well as the distribution by age and sex. It may also include information on identified or potential risk factors and evaluations.
WHO update on monkeypox outbreak According to what is known about the monkeypox virus, which is a misnomer since the most susceptible animals are rodents, the outbreak can still be controlled, says WHO. Therefore, the risk to the general public appears to be low. Health officials from Sacramento County, California, released a statement Tuesday that an area resident who had recently traveled abroad tested positive for the orthopox virus. CDC results are pending to verify if it is monkeypox.
The patient is a 29-year-old woman who has recently returned to the United Arab Emirates from West Africa, WAM added. In addition to the confirmed case in the United States, a man in Massachusetts who had recently traveled to Canada, CDC said Monday that there are four suspected cases in other areas of the U.S. UU. The rash “evolves sequentially from macules (lesions with a flat base) to papules (firm, slightly raised lesions), vesicles (lesions filled with clear liquid), pustules (lesions filled with yellowish liquid) and crusts that dry and fall off, says WHO.
Monkeypox tends to last between two and four weeks. In Africa, monkeypox has been shown to cause the death of up to 1 in 10 people who contract the disease, says CDC. WHO states that monkeypox is mainly transmitted “by direct contact with the blood, body fluids or skin or mucous lesions of infected animals. Massachusetts health officials are tracking more than 200 people who came into contact with the patient suffering from the only confirmed case of monkeypox in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
The HAS said it recommended that as soon as a confirmed case of monkeypox has been discovered, adults who have been in contact with the patient and who are considered at risk be given a vaccine. Health care personnel who have been exposed to the patient without personal protection should also receive an injection, the HAS added. WHO confirms 131 cases outside Africa The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that there have been 131 confirmed cases of monkeypox and 106 more suspected cases since it was first reported on May 7 outside countries where it is usually spread. While the outbreak is unusual, it is still containable and limited, WHO said, and is convening more meetings to support member states with more advice on how to address the situation.
Slovenia reported on Tuesday its first case of monkeypox infection in a traveler who had returned from the Canary Islands in Spain, Slovenian television N1 reported. In an interview with Reuters, Richard Pebody, who leads the WHO high-threat pathogen team in Europe, also said that immediate vaccine supplies are relatively limited. WHO says there is no evidence of mutation of monkeypox virus At a briefing held on Monday, a senior executive from the World Health Organization said there is no evidence that the monkeypox virus has mutated. Rosamund Lewis, head of the smallpox secretariat that is part of the WHO Emergency Programme, told reporters that the infectious disease that has been endemic to mutations in West and Central Africa generally does not change.
Transmission of monkeypox can occur through close person-to-person contact, as well as by contact with items used by an infected person, such as clothing, bedding or utensils. But monkeypox doesn't usually spread easily between people. . .