Monkeypox vaccine: for whom?

The monkeypox It already registers 4,300 infections in Spain. Catalonia Ha updated the cipher with 747 positive cases, the vast majority are men and more than 80% of infections are caused by relationships between men. Only a smaller percentage occurs through other routes. It is recommended the vaccination a characters that they had direct contact with infected people Already Men’s who usually keep sex with multiple partners Male.

Two dead in Spain

Monkey pox is already gone two victims in our country. The first two recorded in Europe and it continues to advance, but experts point out that the incidence is still very low. In Spain, there are almost 4,300 people infected and only 3% have been hospitalized. The lethality has not worsened.

“Two deaths are not statistically significant, important or alarming data. The two cases that died were due to complications related to basic patient problems,” said Quique Bassat, epidemiologist at ISGlobal.

In Spain, 98% of infections were between men. 83% of whom had maintained relationships with each other, but the remaining 7% would have been infected by another route.

The most effective way to spread monkeypox is through direct contact through pustules caused by the disease or through bodily fluids, even through the air by very large droplets. “It can be in the air, but it must be very large droplets,” says Mar Casal, a microbiologist at Fátima Hospital in Seville.

In the UK, researchers have detected monkeypox DNA for the first time in the air of hospital spaces away from the infected patient’s isolation room. Contagion can also occur through contact with contaminated objects such as sheets.

“Not only through the respiratory tract or through close contact, but through fomitethat is, sheets, towels… All these fabrics that have come into contact with an infected person can transmit the disease to another”, explains Juan José Badiola, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Zaragoza.

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To prevent disease progression, it is recommended vaccination of risk groups at this UK hospital, it is also offered to healthcare workers caring for infected people. Those over 45 have already been vaccinated against smallpox and enjoy remarkable protection.

“In those under 45, in this case, there is the possibility of vaccinating them with traditional smallpox vaccines. This is what is done. Not in a massive way, but in a very targeted way towards people with risk factors, with risky attitudes that can lead to transmission,” explains Bassat.

Madrid is the community with the most cases followed by Catalonia, majority in Barcelona, ​​who today updated the number of infections with 747 positives, mostly men with an average age of 38.

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