Monkeypox – Spain
30 cases of monkeypox reported in Spain.
83 cases of monkeypox outside the African continent.
Recommendations are to avoid close contact to minimize the risks of transmission.
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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