Home Health NSW reports a “probable” case of monkeypox

NSW reports a “probable” case of monkeypox


A probable case of monkeypox was found in a traveler who recently returned from Europe, according to NSW Health.

After a mild illness developed a few days after returning to Sydney, a 40-year-old man consulted a doctor with symptoms clinically compatible with monkeypox. Urgent examinations have revealed a probable case of monkeypox, and confirmation is being made.

The man and family members are in isolation at home, and care and support is provided by their therapist and NSW Health.

In recent weeks, monkey cases have been identified in several non-endemic countries, including a number of European countries and the United States.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said: “NSW Health has issued warnings to general practitioners and hospitals across the state, and has contacted sexual health services to raise awareness of cases detected abroad and provide advice on diagnosis and referral. . Today we will talk to doctors again on this topic. “

Dr Chant said monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread among humans and is usually associated with travel to Central or West Africa, where it is endemic.

“Cases are the case in non-endemic countries of returning travelers, or their close contacts, or the owners of imported pets. Humans can be infected with monkeypox through very close contact with people infected with the virus, ”Dr. Chant said.

“The infection is usually mild, and most people recover within a few weeks.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox can be transmitted through drip exposure through large exhaling drops, as well as through contact with infected skin lesions or contaminated materials.

The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 6 to 13 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days, the WHO said in a statement.

“The disease often proceeds spontaneously, and symptoms usually resolve spontaneously within 14-21 days. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and the damage can be very itchy or painful. The animal’s reservoir remains unknown, though probably among rodents. Known risk factors are contact with living and dead animals through hunting and consumption of game or meat bushes ”.

There are two treasures of the monkeypox virus: the West African Treasure and the Congo Basin (Central African), the WHO said. It is documented that the mortality rate for West African monkey pox infection is about 1%, whereas for Congo Basin it can reach 10%. Babies are also at greater risk, and monkeypox during pregnancy can lead to complications such as congenital monkeypox or stillbirths, according to the WHO.

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