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Source: Monkeypox Updates  Jul 07, 2022  1 year, 7 months, 2 weeks, 12 hours, 9 minutes ago

BREAKING! Monkeypox Is Evolving From A Gay STI To A Serious Public Threat Via Spread By Asymptomatic Infections and Possible Airborne Transmissions!

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BREAKING! Monkeypox Is Evolving From A Gay STI To A Serious Public Threat Via Spread By Asymptomatic Infections and Possible Airborne Transmissions!
Source: Monkeypox Updates  Jul 07, 2022  1 year, 7 months, 2 weeks, 12 hours, 9 minutes ago
Monkeypox Updates: The current monkeypox outbreak outside the African continent involving  the emergence of a very highly mutated strain of the monkeypox virus that was initially spread via sexually transmitted infections among the gay community is now posing s real serious threat to the general populations as emerging data on this unique  ever evolving and mutating monkeypox strain  is showing that asymptomatic infections are also causing the spread to the general population. Furthermore, besides close proximity and contaminated articles and surfaces, the disease is also possibly spreading via airborne transmissions to the general population.

A Child In UK Infected With Monkeypox With Physical Symptoms Similar To Chickenpox
A new Belgium study has confirmed the existence of asymptomatic monkeypox infections and found that the virus might be transmitted to close contacts in the absence of symptoms.
The study team from the Institute of Tropical Medicine at Antwerp-Belgium aimed to assess whether asymptomatic infections occurred among individuals who underwent sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening in a large Belgian STI clinic around the start of the 2022 monkeypox epidemic in Belgium.
Anorectal and oropharyngeal swabs collected for gonorrhoea/chlamydia screening from May 1 until May 31, 2022 were retrospectively tested by a monkeypox-specific PCR. Cases with a positive PCR result were recalled to the clinic for case investigation, repeat testing and contact tracing.
Shockingly, findings in stored samples from 224 men showed three identified cases with a positive anorectal monkeypox PCR. All three men denied having had any symptoms in the weeks before and after the sample was taken. None of them reported exposure to a diagnosed monkeypox case, nor did any of their contacts develop clinical monkeypox.
Alarmingly, the study findings suggest that identification and isolation of symptomatic individuals may not suffice to contain the current monkeypox outbreak involving a new highly mutated strain that is still evolving!
The study findings were published on a preprint server and are currently being peer reviewed.
As of the last hour, the latest Monkeypox Updates show that the total number of global monkeypox cases has now reached 7459 cases across 61 countries outside the African continent with Europe alone recording more than 6376 cases!
Spain leads with 1749 cases, the United Kingdom with 1401 cases, Germany with 1257 cases, France 577 cases, Portugal 415 cases, Netherlands 354 cases, Italy 233 cases, Belgium 169 cases, Switzerland 121 cases, Ireland 39 cases, Austria 37 cases.
The United States now has 562 confirmed monkeypox cases while Canada has 349 cases. Brazil has 80 cases while Israel has 55 cases.
What is worrying is the growing number of new cases identified in the last 72 hours are not gay men but rather women, children and also st raight men with most not having any sexual relations in the last few weeks and neither with any known contact with gay men.

Furthermore actual caseloads could be far much higher as many countries lack fast and proper accurate diagnostics plus many physicans are not able to properly diagnose cases as besides some being asymptomatic or having only mild symptoms, many also display physical symptoms that closely resemble herpes infections or chickenpox infections or other skin diseases.
In a few cases, airborne transmissions were suspected to be at play involving public transportation in the United Kingdom. (A preprint is expected soon)
WHO To Reconvene Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox As Global Cases Escalate.
The WHO or World Health Organization’s monkeypox emergency committee will reconvene the week of July 18 as cases surge globally, its director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Wednesday.
He added that it may meet sooner if warranted.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing, "I continue to be concerned about the scale and spread of the virus. Testing remains a challenge, and it's highly probable a significant number of cases are not being picked up."
It seems highly probable now that Monkeypox will be declared an emergency public health concern and be classified as a global pandemic.

Countries should be mnore vigilant and start having stringent border controls and also health screenings especailly countries like Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia etc where the disease has not been detected yet. Travel alerts should be issued to discourage travel to high risk countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and also the African continent especially Nigeria where the strain causing the current outbreak originated from. Travellers from all these countries should either be banned or placed under stringent quarantine and undergo detailed health screenings.

It should also be noted that the cases of Monkeypox are simply not mild as what many are assuming as a sizeable number of people infected with it are hospitalized due to anorectal complications and in some cases serious life- threatening sepsis conditions have set in. Some are also inflicted with eye-issues and permanent blindness!
Furthermore, researchers are also concerned about the potential long-term health issues associated with contracting this new monkeypox strain.
With almost more than 3 billion people worldwide already exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, many will be suffering from a dysfunctional immune system or even have COVID-19 induced immunodeficiency, making them even more susceptible to other pathogenic infections including the monkeypox virus!

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