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Belgium introduces mandatory monkeypox quarantine as global cases rise

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The 1971 Center For Disease Control handout picture shows monkeypox-like symptoms on the legs and arms of a Bondua, Liberia girl.

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Belgium has become the first country to introduce a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients as cases of the disease — typically endemic to Africa — spread across the globe.

Belgian health authorities introduced the measures FridayThe country reported its third confirmed case. On Monday, four cases were reported in the country; there are currently around 100 confirmed infections worldwide.

Belgium has no compulsory measures for patients who have been diagnosed with an infection. Not all patients with confirmed infections are required to isolate themselves. However, close contacts should be encouraged to stay vigilant and alert in any contact they have with vulnerable persons.

According to a translation of the government announcement, “Infected persons must be placed in contact isolation for the duration of their injuries (and they will receive specific instructions from the treating physician).” 

The U.K. hasmeanwhile said those who have a high risk You should isolate yourself for at least 21 days if you are susceptible to contracting the disease. This includes any household members or doctors who might have been in contact with an infected person.

What’s monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus — part of the smallpox family — with symptoms including rashes, fever, headaches, muscle ache, swelling and backpain.

Nevertheless, it’s not unusual for less severe than smallpoxHealth experts have begun to be concerned over the origin of an outbreak that began in May in some countries outside Central and West Africa.

American Health Authorities, which includes U.S. Centers for Disease Control and infectionThe U.K. Health Security AgencyThey noted that there is a high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among gay men.

On Saturday, World Health OrganizationThere were reported to be 92 suspected cases from 12 countries. Another 28 cases are under investigation. There have been confirmed cases in the U.S.A., U.K. Canada, Australia and Germany.

This graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows symptoms that were seen in one of the first cases of monkeypox. It was taken by a patient on May 27, 2003.

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According to the public health agency, recent cases were not linked to travel from African countries that are endemic for this disease. It spreads usually via contact between humans and animals.

According to the WHO, epidemiological investigations continue, but reported cases have not yet been linked to areas endemic. statement posted on its website Saturday.

According to the report, “Based upon current information, cases have been identified mainly (but not exclusively) amongst men having sex avec men (MSM) who seek care in primary health care and sexual clinics.”

Expect more cases of monkeypox

There are concerns about an outbreak due to the recent rise in urban cases.

“To have it appear now — more than 100 cases in 12 different countries with no obvious connection — means we have to figure out exactly what’s happening,” Seth Berkley, CEO of global vaccine alliance Gavi, told CNBC Monday.

The truth is that we do not know exactly what this is or how serious it will be. However, it is likely that more cases will be seen,” he stated.

Although most cases are mild, there is still the possibility of getting sick with monkeypox. typically resolve within 2 to 4 weeksThere is no currently no proven vaccine. It has been proven that the smallpox vaccine is effective in protecting against infection by 85% of patients. some countriesHave already started stockpiling doses.

Berkley warned that the current outbreak of coronavirus, even though it is over, was an alarm to authorities about the need to spend more on infectious diseases. Berkley spoke on the margins of the World Economic ForumDavos: Where political and business leaders meet gathered this weekto important global issues such as pandemic preparedness.

“It’s evolutionarily certain we will see more outbreaks,” said he. Pandemic preparedness has never been more important. Take a look at the potential economic benefits of having a pandemic.

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