Israel and Switzerland confirm first cases of monkeypox

Israel and Switzerland confirm first cases of monkeypox

After several European countries and the United States detected cases of monkeypox, Israel and Switzerland also announced that the first cases of this endemic disease were registered in central and western Africa..

In Israel, a spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital said a 30-year-old man, who recently returned from Western Europe, was infected.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health reported that the man, whose symptoms are mild, had been in contact with a sick person abroad.

In the case of Switzerland, the infected person, who lives in Bernwas also in contact with the virus abroad, according to the health directorate of that canton.

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The person is currently under home isolation and all his contacts have been informed, the authorities specified.

In Greece it is suspected that a British tourist contracted smallpox of the monkey, according to the Greek public health agency.

the british citizen was transferred to an isolation room in the hospital with his partner, asymptomatic, the agency specified.

Laboratory analyzes will confirm on Monday if it is indeed this disease. Several Western countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden or Spain, have registered cases of this disease.

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Monkeypox, or “simian orthopoxvirus” it is a rare disease, whose pathogen can be transmitted from animal to man and vice versa.

Its symptoms resemble, to a lesser degree, those observed in the past in subjects with smallpox: fever, headache, muscle and back pain during the first 5 days.

Later rashes appear (on the facethe palms of the hands, the soles of the feet), lesions, pustules and finally scabs.

There are no specific treatments or vaccines against monkeypox, but outbreaks can be contained, explains the World Health Organization (WHO). Generally, the disease resolves spontaneously and the symptoms last between 14 and 21 days.

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Person-to-person transmission occurs through close contact with infected respiratory tract lesions from an infected person or objects recently contaminated with biological fluids or materials from a patient’s lesions.

Most of the cases recorded in recent days were in men who have sexual intercourse with other men, the WHO said on Friday.

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