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Monkeypox: Morocco announces 3 suspected cases

Big concern in Morocco. Monday, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced the registration of 3 suspected cases of monkey pox better known as Monkeypox.

The ministry specified that these three cases are in good health, under health care and monitoring, and have been the subject of medical analyzes pending results.

After a first case in the United States, monkeypox infections have been reported in several other Western countries. However, this virus was so far limited to tropical rainforest areas of West and Central African countries, with few cases occasionally exported abroad.

Cases have been detected in the UK, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, and Canada. The latest suspected case was found in Israel in a man who recently returned to the country from Western Europe.

Separately, UK health authorities said on Monday they had detected 36 more cases of Monkeypox in England and the first infection in Scotland. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the new cases brought the total number of confirmed cases in England since May 7 to 56, but stressed that while the outbreak was cause for concern, the risk to Britons remained weak.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government was carefully considering the circumstances surrounding his transmission. “It’s basically a very rare disease and so far the consequences don’t seem very serious, but it’s important that we keep an eye on it,” Johnson told reporters.

The UKHSA reiterated that the infection does not usually spread easily between people. “Along with reports of new cases being identified in other countries around the world, we continue to identify additional cases in the UK,” UKHSA chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins said in a statement. a statement.

“A notable proportion of recent cases in the UK and Europe have been found in gay and bisexual men, so we particularly encourage these men to be alert to symptoms,” the same source adds.

The more than 100 suspected and confirmed cases in the recent outbreak in Europe and North America have not been serious, said Maria van Kerkhove, head of emerging diseases and zoonoses and technical lead of the WHO on COVID-19.

The UKHSA has advised that high-risk close contacts of confirmed cases be isolated for 21 days. As a reminder, contact cases are also concerned, and therefore anyone who has had contact with a confirmed case in the 21 days preceding the onset of symptoms is considered a suspected case.

Anyone who has had direct, unprotected physical contact with damaged skin or biological fluids of a probable or confirmed symptomatic case, regardless of the circumstances, including in healthcare settings, or sharing toilet utensils, or contact with textiles (clothing, bath linen, bedding) or dishes, is a case considered to be at risk.

Anyone who has had unprotected contact within 2 meters for 3 hours with a probable or confirmed symptomatic case (e.g. close or intimate friend, transport environment, office colleagues, sports club, etc.) is a case to risk.

In addition, any person who, in the 21 days preceding the onset of symptoms, has traveled to a country where the disease is endemic or a country which has recorded a chain of transmission since the beginning of May 2022, i.e. currently the countries in Central and West Africa, Europe and North America is a suspected case of being infected with Monkeypox.

Infected people are placed in self-isolation at home for three weeks, with strict observance of hygiene measures, with twice-daily temperature checks by a provincial/prefectural Rapid Intervention team (EIR) who should establish regular telephone follow-up to verify the absence of symptoms of the disease.

In the event of a fever or rash, a contact person should not go to a health facility, but their care will be organized by the EIR, the document indicates. Confirmed cases should follow symptomatic treatment in case of mild symptoms and if hospitalization is indicated (severe case), the patient should be isolated in a dedicated room for 3 weeks.

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