The world was thrown through a loop by COVID. Although the world is not all the way healed from the first pandemic, the world is facing another disease that is spreading quite quickly. A lead adviser to the World Health Organization states the monkeypox outbreak may be explained by sexual behavior at two recent events in Europe. In a press release, Dr. David Heymann voiced his theory to explain the more than 90 cases of monkeypox in many countries due to sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men at two raves held in Spain and Belgium.
Four confirmed cases have been found in Germany that has been linked to raves in Gran Canaria and Berlin, according to a government report obtained by AP.
Health administrators in Spain are investigating possible links between a Gay Pride event that took place in the Canary Islands along with other cases involving a sauna in Madrid.
The capital of Spain has about 30 cases.
The disease has spread to places like Britain, the U.S, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Australia.
Frequent Questions Were Asked About The Virus
How does one get monkeypox?
Monkeypox virus is transferred from one individual to another by intimate contact with lesions, body fluids, along with infected materials like bedding and even towels.
What are some symptoms of monkeypox?
The illness begins with: Fever, Headache, Muscle aches, Backache, Swollen lymph nodes, Chills, and Exhaustion.
Can you contact monkeypox Through Sex?
Monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection but can be transmitted during sexual and intimate interactions, as well as with infected objects like bedding.
What is the cure for monkeypox?
There’s no specific cure or treatment at this time. However, antiviral drugs utilized against smallpox are useful in some cases, and there have also been talks about a possible vaccine. The smallpox vaccine is said to be 85% percent effective against the virus.
How many cases are in the U.S.?
There is one verified case of monkeypox and four presumed cases in the United States at this time, according to the US Centers dealing with Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports one confirmed case from a man who lives in Massachusetts and the four cases of orthopox from men in New York, Florida, and Utah.
At this time, The United States is reacting to the spread of the virus with haste. A request has been put in for the clearance of a monkeypox vaccine as cases spread.
The deputy director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology within the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, gave us an update on plans to stop the spread Monday.
“I can report that there has been a request for release of the Jynneos vaccine from the National Stockpile for some of the high-risk contacts of some of the early patients, so that is actively happening right now.
McQuiston explained that they have over 1,000 doses available and expect to make more quickly.
CDC Held a news conference about the outbreak, aware that LGBTQ Pride month usually starts near the Memorial Day weekend. The disease may look like other types of STDs as it shows up in different parts of the body than we typically expect to see it.”
In some cases, it has appeared on the anal or genital lesions that may look like herpes, chickenpox, or syphilis.
“What we’re trying to do by bringing attention to the fact that some of these cases have had a genital and perianal presentation is just to remind people that people may come in for an evaluation of what they think is an STD, but we’d like the provider to think ‘could it be monkeypox as well?’ if the circumstances fit the story.” Dr. John Brooks said, who is the CDC’s chief medical officer of HIV prevention.