Monitoring the first infection with a virus from monkeys..a rare disease without a vaccine

And the agency said in a statement on the British government’s website that the patient had recently visited Nigeria, where he is believed to have contracted the infection, before returning to Britain.

The agency added that the patient will receive necessary medical care in the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Guy and St Thomas Foundation of the British National Health Authority in London.

And the agency pointed out that it is communicating with all people who have recently come into direct contact with the infected person, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of the infection and to provide them with information about the disease, adding that this may affect a number of passengers. includes those who traveled to Great Britain with the infected person on the same flight.

The agency pointed out that monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people, and its symptoms are usually mild and heal on their own, with most people recovering within a few weeks, but it can sometimes cause serious illness in some infected people. .

The World Health Organization defines monkeypox as “a rare disease that occurs mainly in remote areas of Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests”.

The monkeypox virus is transmitted to humans by a variety of wild animals, but the secondary-level spread is limited, through human-to-human transmission.

The death rate from monkeypox outbreaks is usually between 1 and 10 percent, with most deaths occurring in the younger population.

There is no treatment or vaccine available to fight the disease, although vaccination against smallpox has also been shown to be very effective in preventing monkeypox.

The origin of the disease

Monkeypox is a rare zoonotic viral disease and the symptoms of monkeypox in humans are similar to those seen in patients with smallpox in the past, but less severe.

Monkeypox was first discovered in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from a 9-year-old boy who lived in an area where smallpox had been eradicated in 1968.

Since then, most cases have been reported in rural rainforests of the Congo Basin and West Africa.

The first cases of the disease outside of Africa were recorded in 2003, in the Midwestern United States.

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