Monkeypox – Portugal

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May 18, 2022 – A total of 14 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Portugal. This totals to 19 reported cases as five have been previously identified and confirmed. There are two additional samples that are undergoing lab analysis. The cases are central to the regions of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo.

Officials are investigating potential contact chains and cases. They strongly advise community members who show symptoms related to this infectious disease to seek medical attention. According to the source, this is the first time monkeypox has been detected in the country of Portugal.

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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