Health officials expect more monkeypox cases, but the disease has not spread widely

Health officials expect more monkeypox cases, but the disease has not spread widely

Health officials played down fears of an outbreak of monkeypox on Saturday after the first case of the disease was confirmed in Israel, and health officials concluded a meeting on the viral infection, which has emerged in Europe and North America.

The first suspected case in Israel was reported on Friday, and it was confirmed during the meeting on Saturday night. The 30-year-old is being taken to hospital in Tel Aviv in a mild condition.

The Israeli Center for Disease Control’s committee ended an urgent meeting Saturday night on monkeypox without making any major decisions, but vowed to monitor the disease.

Dr. Boaz Raz, chair of the committee, said he did not expect a large-scale outbreak of the disease.

According to Channel 13, Raz said, “This is not an epidemic, but we need to raise public awareness.”

The Ministry of Health has called on everyone who has returned from abroad with a fever and rash to contact the doctor.

The Health Ministry estimates that there will be dozens of other cases in Israel, but there is no danger to the general public and that the disease will not turn into a pandemic, according to public radio Kan.

The ministry stressed that the disease is usually mild and there are few cases of serious illness or death.

The ministry also said it was “considering equipping itself with vaccines and related medicines”, as well as preparing for further diagnoses.

Channel 13 said that health experts discussed at the meeting giving vaccines to people after they were infected, which at that time could avoid a dangerous situation.

This 1997 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while investigating an outbreak of monkeypox, which occurred in the former Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a monkeypox patient, who was displaying the characteristic rash during recovery. . (CDC via AP)

“This is a very different infection from the coronavirus, and it is much less contagious,” Galia Rahaf, head of the infectious diseases unit at Sheba Medical Center and a member of the committee, told Channel 13.

It did that and it didn’t spread through particles in the air like COVID-19, which makes it less transmissible. She also said that until 1996, conscripts in the Israeli army received smallpox vaccinations, which partially protect against monkeypox, meaning that a significant portion of the adult population in Israel may have some protection.

Medical experts in the LGBTQ community participated in the CDC committee meeting. The World Health Organization said it was investigating the fact that many of the cases reported in other countries were of gay or bisexual people. He urged Israeli experts to avoid the subject so as not to stigmatize the disease.

They also called for preparations ahead of next month’s gay pride events, which are expected to attract 100,000 participants, including many from abroad.

Health experts also discussed whether or not medical staff in close contact with infected patients or people at risk who have weakened immune systems should be vaccinated.

The first case of the virus in Israel was a man who had recently returned to Israel from abroad. He is in isolation at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and is in good condition.

Top European health officials warned on Friday that cases could accelerate in the coming months, as the virus has spread to at least eight European countries. The World Health Organization has confirmed 92 cases of monkeypox in 12 countries.

So far, no one has died during the outbreak. Monkeypox usually causes fever, chills, rash, and lesions on the face or genitals. The World Health Organization estimates that the disease is fatal in up to 1 in 10 people, but smallpox vaccines are preventative and some antiviral drugs are being developed.

The virus, which causes characteristic blisters, has previously been seen in central and western Africa, but in recent weeks cases have been detected in European countries including Portugal and Sweden as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.

Monkeypox is usually cleared after two to four weeks, according to the World Health Organization.

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2022-05-22 01:41:15

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