Cases of monkeypox are rising globally with the World Health Organization (WHO) confirming 131 confirmed cases and 106 suspected cases of the virus in 19 countries on Wednesday. Most of these cases have not been serious and experts have said that monkeypox is not as contagious as Covid-19.
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As countries with monkeypox cases opt for vaccination against the virus, a study in the medical journal Lancet said antiviral drugs could have the potential to shorten symptoms and also reduce how long a patient is contagious. .
Here are the latest updates
> Spain reported 59 new cases of monkeypox on Wednesday and the total number of suspected cases nationwide stands at 171. Health Minister Carolina Darias said the government would buy the Imvanex vaccine and the doses would be distributed proportionally among the 17 regions.
> Jacqueline Weyer, a communicable disease specialist in South Africa, said there was nothing new about the ongoing monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa. “There is no change from the viruses that have been recognized in recent years in Nigeria, so nothing out of the ordinary, nothing that we haven’t seen before, except it’s now happening in a different place,” Weyer said at a press conference on Wednesday, a Reuters news agency report said.
> Denmark will receive 200 monkeypox vaccines from the Netherlands this week, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Wednesday, adding that the government was working to buy thousands more doses. The news comes as the Danish government plans to vaccinate close contacts of those infected with the virus.
> Finland identified its first “highly probable” case of monkeypox on Wednesday, according to the Helsinki Hospital District. The hospital district said it found the patient, a man who had returned from a trip to another country, had an infection caused by orthopoxvirus and will know by the end of the week for sure if it is monkeypox. . The man is at home with blisters and a high fever, the hospital district added.
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> In India, the Union Health Ministry has advised all states to order hospitals to monitor symptomatic patients who have recently traveled to monkeypox-infected countries and isolate them in designated health facilities. , the PTI news agency reported on Wednesday.
> The total number of confirmed monkeypox cases in France has risen to five, Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon told a radio station on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Earlier this week, health authorities said it was recommended that at-risk adults who had contact with a confirmed monkeypox patient be vaccinated.
> Portugal’s monkeypox tally is approaching 50 after 10 new cases were seen on Wednesday. Researchers said the virus spreading in the country is less aggressive.
(With contributions from the agency)