Germany, Australia, Belgium and France also have confirmed cases of monkeypox (also known as monkeypox, VMPX). There are 66 cases outside the African continent, and these four countries had never recorded a case of this virus in the past.
The confirmed case in France was registered in Paris and that in Germany in Munich. In the case of Belgium, two cases have been confirmed by the local health authorities, in Antwerp and Leuven. The person infected in Australia was detected after returning from a trip from the UK. Spain confirmed this morning 14 other cases, counting for the moment 21 people infected with VMPX. The United Kingdom has also seen an increase to more than double, confirming this Friday 11 additional cases on its territory, reaching 20.
With these new confirmed cases, Portugal is no longer the countries with the most cases confirmed outside Africa. To date, Portugal has 14 registered cases, all stable according to the Directorate General of Health. There are also confirmed cases in the United States (1), Italy (3) and Sweden (1).
Despite the epidemic in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, this Thursday there was no any suspicious case be admitted to the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central, according to the head of the Infectious Diseases Service Fernando Maltez.
VMPX is a virus usually with low transmissibility to humans and which has mild symptoms, being found mainly in rodents and non-human primates in the forests of central and western Africa. The emergence of cases in several countries where there had never been records of VPMX raises concerns about the origin of the epidemic and the epidemiology of the disease, which the directorate general of health and the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central are jointly investigating to understand what the sources of contagion are.
Director General Graça Freitas said this Thursday in an interview with TVI that the original virus belongs to the Congo Basin subgroup, the less lethal and less transmissible of the two VMPX subgroups.
O European Center for Disease Control on Thursday recommended the isolation of all suspected cases of monkeypox and put forward the possibility of using the smallpox vaccine in all high-risk contacts, if there are reserves in the country.
Bone confirmed and suspected cases are monitored by hospital services, but the recommendations are to avoid close contact to minimize the risk of transmission, with no indication of isolation.
Bernardo Mateiro Gomes, a public health specialist, says the rules that exist in positive cases of covid-19 should also be applied in these confirmed and suspected cases. Also in high-risk contacts, caution is essential: “Like the precautionary measures of covid-19, contacts can perfectly make social restrictions and wear a mask to avoid the risk of infecting third parties.