Monkeypox Disease - What is It? Why is it Spreading?
Mostly spread by Gay Men in Europe, but now outbreaks are going beyond.
June 7, 2022 - Around 30 countries where monkeypox is not usually present have reported outbreaks of the rare viral disease, with more than 900 confirmed cases mostly in Europe.
To date, the UK has the biggest identified outbreak of the disease beyond Africa, with the vast majority of infections in gay and bisexual men, according to AP.
Health officials warn that anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, is potentially at risk of catching monkeypox if they are in close contact with a patient, their clothing or their bed sheets.
WHO estimated the risk posed by monkeypox to global health was “moderate,” saying this was the first time that so many cases and clusters were reported across the world. Until last month, the disease had not been known to cause large epidemics beyond central and west Africa, where it has mostly affected people in rural areas who come into close contact with infected wild animals, AP said.
May 25, 2022 - Monkeypox is a rare viral infection which is usually mild and from which most people recover in a few weeks. The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be very low.
Outbreaks of the virus have been found in Europe, Australia and America.
The symptoms often include a fever and rash – but the infection is usually mild and clears up on its own, lasting between 2 and 4 weeks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus can be contained with the right response in countries outside of Africa where it is not usually detected, according to the BBC.
May 24, 2022 - Cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in 16 non-endemic countries. The virus is transmitted to humans from animals, with symptoms very similar to smallpox but less severe.
Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of central and west Africa.
More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the recent outbreak in Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia.
This outbreak has taken scientists by surprise, but the risk to the wider public is said to be low. Most people who catch the virus recover within a few weeks, according to the UK's National Health Service.
Although there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, several countries have said they are stocking smallpox vaccines, which are about 85% effective in preventing infection because the two viruses are quite similar, the BBC said.
BUT WHY IS THIS RARE DISEASE SPREADING WORLDWIDE NOW?
I earlier wrote:
ANALYSIS – Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse or more perverse, a bizarre new disease usually found in Africa is now spreading across Europe, and even the U.S. And the current outbreaks’ origins are even more bizarre.
Most are being linked to sexual transmission at gay fetish clubs or festivals in various European cities.
According to the Telegraph:
Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the region’s cabinet minister for health of the community, said on Friday that health officials had traced many of Spain’s 30 monkeypox cases to a single sauna [gay bathhouse] in the capital.
Britain’s monkeypox tally now stands at 20 after 11 fresh cases were announced on Friday, and contact tracing and quarantine of close contacts is under way.
A “notable proportion” of the UK and European cases are in gay and bisexual men, health officials have said.
Three cases in Belgium have also been linked to a large-scale fetish festival in Antwerp, according to organisers. The Darklands Festival[warning: link takes you to festival promotional video, which is NSFW] warned people who attended four days of parties, starting on May 5, that authorities had linked the event to the country’s three confirmed cases.
The Telegraph continues:
Darklands is a ticketed event that describes itself as a place where “various tribes in the gay fetish community (leather, rubber, army, skinhead, puppies…) come together to create a unique spectacle of fetish brotherhood”.
Sources have told The Telegraph that an internationally advertised gay party in Spain is also being investigated as the root cause of the global monkeypox cases.
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