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In Morocco and Sudan, Monkeypox is probed

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According to Africa’s health body, Morocco and Sudan are looking into possible monkeypox cases. This comes in the aftermath of recent virus outbreaks in Australia, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.

Travel to West or Central Africa close to tropical forests is usually associated with monkeypox, however some of the new infections have no such link.

Travel to West or Central Africa close to tropical forests is usually associated with monkeypox, however some of the new infections have no such link.

During his weekly meeting, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell, deputy director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC), affirmed the lack of a direct link. So far this year, the continent has observed 1,405 cases and 62 deaths from monkeypox, a 4.4 percent case fatality rate.

These incidents took place in four endemic countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. All African countries, according to Dr. Ogwell, have been advised to increase monitoring and testing.

Monkeypox is a mild viral illness spread by direct contact with infected person. The initial symptoms are fever, swelling, headaches, back pain, and aching muscles. A rash may develop as the fever breaks. It is believed that rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels spread it.

“Hand washing is critical because its a contact disease,” Dr. Ogwell explained. He also warned people to against touching sick animals or those who have been identified as carriers.

According to Dr. Ogwell, smallpox vaccines are being given in Africa.

“We will prioritize supplies of smallpox vaccine for health care workers and areas where the virus has been confirmed,” he said.

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