Belgium: Fresh cases of the monkeypox virus have been identified at CHU Saint Pierre in Brussels-Capital Region on May 28, the total of 9 cases has been reported in Belgium, as per the sources.
The European Union has reported most of the cases of monkeypox infection, with about 118 active cases.
Moreover, the cases of the rare virus were first detected in the United Kingdom in early May. Since then, there have been about over 400 confirmed cases globally. However, the infections are primarily minor and have not caused any death.
In spite of all the warnings from both the Belgian and international health authorities, the pandemic preparedness chief Sylvie Briand has warned that the “unusual” spread of the virus could be “the peak of the iceberg” but that it could also be easily contained with the right means.
Along with this, the official mentioned on May 27, “It is not a disease that the general public should be concerned about. It is not like COVID-19.”
The Majority of the individuals have already had a strong level of protection against monkeypox infection because of the higher levels of smallpox vaccination in the west. The two viruses are from the same family.
Human beings were successful in almost getting rid of smallpox in the 1980s. Additionally, the symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen glands, as well as distinctive skin rashes.
However, the rate of fatality of monkeypox is much lower as compared to smallpox, at about 3 to 6 percent. The virus is spread through close contact with an infected person with lesions on their skin. The antiviral treatments used to treat smallpox have been proven effective against monkeypox as well as most patients recover within three to four weeks.
Furthermore, Belgium has bought a supply of monkeypox vaccines for about 625 potential patients. The people of the nation has been affected by the virus will be expected to commit to a three-week isolation period.