Sindh Govt Issues High Alert for Monkey Pox epidemic


Sindh Govt Issues High Alert for Monkey Pox epidemic

There is a danger of spreading monkey-pox disease in Pakistan as well. In this regard, Sindh Health Department has issued a high alert

According to Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho, 111 cases of Monkey-pox have been reported in England and USA.

Ministry of Health Sindh has also directed to increase practice of laboratory and surveillance for prevention of monkey-pox disease.

According to the Sindh Health Department, head and muscle aches and boils may appear on the body in the disease of Monkey-pox.

The Sindh Health Department said that passengers coming from countries affected by the Monkey pox epidemic will be screened.

What is Monkey-pox

Monkey pox is a virus that breeds in wild animals such as rats and primates and occasionally infects humans. Most human cases are found in Central and West Africa, where the disease is endemic.

The disease was first identified by scientists in 1958 when research monkeys had two outbreaks of "smallpox-like" disease, hence the disease was named Monkey Pox. First case of human infection occurred during 1970 in a 9-year-old boy at a remote part of Congo.

How much should we worry about Monkey pox?

A U.S. Department of Public Health official told reporters in a briefing two days ago that the risk to the general public is low at the moment.

Experts believe that Monkey pox is a rare epidemic virus. The infection is similar to the smallpox virus found in humans. Symptoms of the epidemic include fever, headache and itchy skin.

A U.S. Department of Public Health official added that the virus is linked to smallpox, but that its effects and symptoms are usually mild. In particular, the West African strain of the virus identified in the US case has a mortality rate of about 1%.

The health department official added that most of affected people recover completely in two to four weeks.

According to experts, the virus does not spread as fast as SARSCOV2, which started spreading code 19. Monkey pox is transmitted from one person to another only through close relationships and especially physical contact.

Experts fear that Monkey pox is spreading rapidly among men who are attracted to homosexuality.

Doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital say the corona is spread by inhalation and is a highly contagious virus, which is not the case with Monkey pox.

According to the WHO, recent cases reported so far are rare, as they are found in countries where the virus is not common.

Scientists are examining the current cases closely to see if there have been any changes in the virus.

Most of the cases reported so far have been found in the UK, Spain and Portugal, while similar cases have been reported in Canada and Australia, with one case of Monkey pox confirmed in Boston.

Public health officials say more cases are expected in the United States.

WHO officials panic that more access may occur in the coming summer months when people gather in Europe and elsewhere for festivals, parties and holidays.

How can people avoid infection?

Authorities in the UK have begun vaccinating people and others working in the health sector against smallpox vaccine, which could provide protection against the monkeypox virus.

The U.S. government says its Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) agency has enough food for the entire American population to be vaccinated against smallpox.

A spokesman for the US Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that there are antiviral drugs for smallpox that can be used to treat monkey pox in certain situations.

Health officials say that people should avoid close personal contact with someone who has a skin disease or other illness, while those who suspect they have monkey pox should be isolated and seek medical help.

What are the reasons for the increase in cases?

Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization at a Canadian university, says the outbreak is not a new phenomenon.

Angela Rasmussen says that an increase in global travel, as well as a number of factors, including climate change, have accelerated the process of exposure to the virus and its spread.

He said the world may remain on high alert for the spread of any new virus in the wake of the epidemic.

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