Monkeypox comes from primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases may develop a rash and lesions on the face, hands, and other parts of the body.
Officials around the world are monitoring more cases as, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among people who have not been to Africa, where monkeypox is endemic.
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows oval-shaped mature monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog epidemic.
Here are the main developments:
United Arab Emirates detects first case of monkeypox
Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have detected the first case of monkeypox virus in the country in a young woman who came from West Africa.
The government said little about the patient, but stressed authorities were investigating her contacts and “taking all necessary steps” to limit the spread of monkeypox.
The diagnosis in the United Arab Emirates marks the first case reported in the Arabian Peninsula.
Denmark to provide vaccines to close contacts of monkeypox cases
Denmark will provide vaccines produced by Bavarian Nordic to close contacts of people infected with monkeypox, the Danish health authority told public broadcaster DR on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear if Denmark had the vaccines in stock or if authorities would need to procure the vaccines. The health authority and health ministry were unable to comment immediately when contacted by Reuters.
England detects 14 more monkeypox cases
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported 14 new cases of monkeypox in England on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases identified to 70 since May 7.
Scotland reported its first case of monkeypox on Monday, but none have been detected so far in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Monkeypox spreads in Austria, Czech Republic and Slovenia
The Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia have recorded their first cases of monkeypox, health authorities announced on Tuesday.
In the Czech Republic, the disease was detected in a man at the Military University Hospital in Prague, according to Pavel Dlouhy, head of the Czech Society for Infectious Diseases.
In Austria, a man, who was hospitalized in Vienna on Sunday with symptoms of monkeypox, including fever, has been confirmed to have contracted the disease, health authorities in the capital said.
In Slovenia, a man, who developed symptoms after returning from the Canary Islands, was also confirmed to have monkeypox, according to health authorities.
French health authorities recommend targeted vaccinations against monkeypox
The French health authority said it had recommended launching a targeted vaccination campaign against monkeypox.
The health authority said it recommends at-risk adults who have been in contact with a confirmed monkeypox patient be vaccinated.
The authority said this post-exposure reactive strategy makes sense given that the incubation period for the virus is often six to 16 days.
He recommended third-generation monkeypox vaccines and said they should ideally be given within four days and up to 14 days after exposure.
Germany orders 40,000 doses of vaccine as a precaution against the spread of monkeypox
Germany has ordered 40,000 doses of a Nordic Bavarian vaccine to be ready to vaccinate contacts of people infected with monkeypox if an outbreak in Germany worsens, but authorities are banking on other measures for now. precaution.
Modern testing potential monkeypox vaccines
Moderna Inc is testing potential monkeypox vaccines in preclinical trials as the disease spreads in the United States and Europe.
Moderna did not immediately respond to a request for more details on monkeypox vaccines.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the government was releasing doses of a Jynneos smallpox vaccine, made by Bavarian Nordic A/S, for use in monkeypox cases.
(With contributions from the agency)
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