BREAKING! Monkeypox Spreading Fast Globally. High Alert Needed As The New Strain Is Most Likely Airborne And Also Sexually Transmitted!
Health authorities around the world need to be on high alert as monkeypox
has now been found to be spreading fast around the world with preliminary data suggesting that not only is the virus airborne and also transmissible via sexual contacts but the strains that are circulating around are new variants that contain mutations that were never seen in the initial strains detected in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the African continent.
Since Thailand Medical News
reported on the emergence of monkey pox in the United Kingdom in early May, more cases have emerged in the United Kingdom and now cases have also been reported in Spain, Portugal, Germany, India, Canada and even in the United States and only a few cases have been linked with either individuals who have recently visited countries in the African continent or travelers originating from the countries. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-uk-health-authorities-confirms-first-case-of-monkey-pox-imported-from-nigeria-with-more-individuals-under-investigation
In America one confirmed case of monkey pox has been detected in the state of Massachusetts.
However, another six Americans are being investigated for possible exposure to the virus via another air traveler. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10829277/US-monkeypox-fears-six-Americans-monitored-sharing-flight-UKs-patient-zero.html
In Portugal five cases have been confirmed among young men and it is believed that most got it via sexual contacts although monkey pox is not a sexually transmitted disease! https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/health-headlines/portugal-finds-5-monkeypox-cases-in-men-as-outbreak-spreads/
In Spain, more than 23 individuals have been identified has having symptoms related to monkey pox. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/18/monkeypox-alert-spain-men-show-symptoms
The US CDC is also warning that there could be people out there who may be asymptomatic and some could be having dormant reservoirs of the virus in them and that physical contact especially through sex can also help spread the virus although emerging preliminary data is already showing that the new strains of the monkey pox virus is airborne.
To date most of the cases in UK have been identified as cases involving individuals who possib
le contracted the virus via sexual contacts.
Monkeypox can be a nasty illness; it causes fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes and eventually "pox," or painful, fluid-filled blisters on the face, hands and feet. One strain of monkeypox is quite deadly and kills up to 10% of people infected.
The current strain detected in England is completely different from previous identified strains and it was found that infections resolves in two to four weeks.
In England, 7 of the 8 initial cases did not involve recent travel to Africa, suggesting the patients involved in those cases caught the virus in England. On top of that, those individuals haven't had contact with the one patient known to have traveled to Nigeria, the UKHSA reported Tuesday. Together, this data suggests the virus is spreading in the community undetected.
To make matters worse, it is now found that in some cases, symptoms could only appear weeks after initial contact with the virus.
Monkeypox is caused by a poxvirus that belongs to the same family and genus as the variola virus, which causes smallpox. As small pox is also known in most cases to remain dormant in the human host, many researchers are concerned about the new strains of this monkey pox and what long term health damage it can cause to individuals even after symptoms resolve.
Many are also concerned that as we are still in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, millions around the world are having immune systems that are weak and this provides the venue for secondary opportunistic pathogenic infections. Also, coinfections involving SARS-CoV-2 and monkey pox could lead to more severe clinical manifestations.
With the relaxation of travel measures around the world and based on modelling platforms from the IHME (The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation), it is expected that the monkey pox virus is expected to spread globally within the next few weeks and coupled with the fact that it is most likely airborne transmitted, the spread is expected to be far worse.
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(PS: We expect in the coming hours or days, some stupid Thai 'expert' seeking attention will come out and say in some garbage media that Thailand need not worry as no cases are here yet although their surveilance platforms are non-exisistent and most are totally ignorant of the symptoms and manifestations and some might treat it as some other viral infections like herpes or chicken pox!)