UK healthcare professionals fear ‘really significant’ rise in monkey pox

British health professionals expect a “significant increase” in monkey pox cases in the coming weeks, as the outbreak in the West continues to confuse them.

Dr Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), told Comcast’s Sky News that “there will be more diagnoses next week”.

Dewsnap said it was “difficult to say” exactly how many there would be – Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed 20 in the UK so far on Friday, with “patient zero” currently believed to be a person who traveled between the country and Nigeria – but it is more concerned about the fact that there are “infections all over Europe, so this has already spread”.

“It is already circulating in the general population. “Getting over all these people’s contacts is a huge job,” he said, adding that Britain could see “really significant numbers in the next two or three weeks.” week “for good measure.

In a more positive note, Professor David Heymann of the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine said that there are “two types” of monkey pox and that the one that is currently spreading in the West is not the “deadly” strain that plagues Central Africa. specifically.

“[The central African strain] “It has 10 percent death and it causes a disease that looks like smallpox,” Heymann explained.

“Fortunately, this disease has not yet spread outside Africa, and we hope it will not spread, because people are very sick and do not travel,” he suggested.

“The disease that occurs in Europe and North America is a West African virus strain that is very moderate, causes skin rashes, maybe one or two lesions on the skin and can cause fever and swollen lymph nodes. swollen glands and muscle aches, but it is not fatal in most cases.

“It can be fatal in far less than one percent of people, so it is not a deadly disease,” he added.

The spread also worries scientists in Africa, where monkey pox is most commonly found, with a former head of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences saying he was “surprised” by the outbreak.

“Every day I wake up and there are more and more countries being infected,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist who serves on a number of World Health Organization (WTO) advisory committees. YEAR.

“This is not the kind of spread we have seen in West Africa, so something new could happen in the West,” he said.

Monkey pox in Spain, one of the European countries with many confirmed cases, has been linked to a so-called superspreader event at a sauna in the capital Madrid, according to sources. The Telegraph that “an internationally advertised gay party” in the country is also suspected of being “the leading cause of worldwide monkeypox outbreaks”.

The British Health Service could offer the smallpox vaccine, which is reasonably effective, to gay men as part of a targeted effort to bring the epidemic under control, according to reports.

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, insisted that “people affected by monkey pox should not be stigmatized or discriminated against in any way.”

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