Monkeypox – Morocco

May 23, 2022 – A total of three cases of human monkeypox has been reported in Morocco. However, these cases have not yet been confirmed, only suspected. Though the individuals have been deemed to be in good health, they have still been referred for medical analysis for confirmation.

According to the source, the country has issued an emergency alert system. This includes notification on suspected cases, confirmed cases, international reports, and protection and prevention guidelines. Contact tracing will also be implemented as part of the public health response system as officials, such as health managers, have been trained to respond to suspect and confirmed cases of monkeypox though this is the first time it has ever been detected in Morocco.

Photo: Smallpox virus, a close relative of Monkeypox – Electron micrograph.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that mostly occurs in Central and West Africa. The disease is similar to smallpox and involves blistered skin but it is often milder. Humans can be infected by an animal via a bite, or by direct contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids. The virus can also spread from human to human, by respiratory (airborne) contact or by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.

The smallpox vaccine can protect against monkeypox.

The virus was first identified in 1958 among laboratory monkeys. The first cases in humans were found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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