Health authorities in Madrid confirmed on Saturday 30 cases of monkeypox And that 39 other suspects are under studymaking the Spanish capital the epicenter of infection in the country, adding other cases being investigated in six other regions.
The Community of Madrid is awaiting confirmation of these suspected cases, which join the first case detected in the Canary Islands and the outbreak in the capital, which is the largest to date.
Tracing work by Public Health has found that most of the confirmed cases in Madrid are linked to a sauna, which was closed on Friday afternoon.
Most of the confirmations come from regional health authorities, where the Ministry of Health has confirmed, so far, only seven cases, and the rest of the samples of suspected patients are still in the process of sequencing.
many countries How do France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, SwedenSpain and Norway And Israel Reported cases of this disease.
What is monkeypox?
he is A very rare zoonotic disease. The first human cases were identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. The number of cases has increased in West and Central African countries over the past decade.
Outside of Africa, cases of human infections have been documented in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and Singapore. In all cases, it was linked to an imported case or to contact with imported animals.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox disease?
In general, people with this disease suffer Fever, headache, muscle aches, lymph node disorder, fatigue.
A few days after the onset of fever, a rash appears (A hasty in reddened skin), which often begins On the face and then spread to other parts of the body. It is usually a self-limiting disease, and most people recover within several weeks. However, in some cases a serious illness can occur.
How is monkeypox transmitted?
Monkeypox or MPX, as its scientific name, is known in the media as monkeypox. Currently, there is no specific vaccine or treatment available. Symptomatic and supportive treatment, including prevention and treatment of secondary bacterial infections. It can be transmitted through contact, saliva, or contact with cuts and crusts.
In addition, it is a rare zoonotic disease (it can be transmitted from animals to humans). The Spanish Ministry of Health asserts that monkeypox “is not considered particularly contagious among people. In general, Limited person-to-person transmission“.