Why are there so many confirmed cases of monkeypox in Spain?

Spain is currently the second country with most infections by monkeypox on the planet. After confirming the second death case Due to the disease, concern is beginning to grow among the population, who are still trying to understand the extent of the virus. Data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that as of July 23, infections totaled more than 16,000 cases in 75 countries.

the epidemiologist Quique Bassat attended the set of the 24h channel of RTVE to provide more information to citizens. “This is the place where there were many ‘super contagion’ events at the start of the outbreak,” he points out, saying that it’s normal that we have more cases than other countries. It also highlights the “extraordinarily low mortality rate”, which prevents this monkeypox virus from being “a cause for great concern‘.

Bassat tried to send one reassuring messagenoting that a new pandemic is not likely to start from there, pointing out that the ‘characteristics of transmissibility’ are different from those of the coronavirus, therefore its ‘transmission risk of an index case is much more down‘.

He stressed the importance of following the security measure recommended by the SGD, among which the reduction in the number of sexual partners among homosexual men. In addition, it ensures that the decrease in cases goes through a vaccination program for those who are part of the groups at risk, to ‘see how the transmission responds that we are currently suffering from the measures imposed”.

What are the symptoms of the illness ?

There are days, The British medical journal published a study in British patients showing new symptoms associated with monkeypox. Among them are:

  • Swelling of the penis (edema)
  • sore throat
  • oral lesions
  • rectal pain
  • solitary lesion
  • swollen tonsils
  • inflamed tonsils

To these are added those already they knew before:

  • Lesions of the skin or mucous membranes
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Muscle aches

Is there a vaccine against the disease?

For now there is no treatment or vaccine which specifically treats infections caused by the monkeypox virus. However, his genetic similarity with the virus smallpox returning antiviral drugs and vaccines once prescribed for this disease, they are used against monkeypox.

The United States and Europe are among the first countries to approve the use of a vaccine known as JYNNEOS o Imvamune/Imvanex. esta protects against viruses people over the age of 18 who have maintained close contact with an infected person. The modified live form of the smallpox virus was used in its creation. The the offer is limitedTherefore, this vaccine is not used in the general population.

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