A first case of monkeypox in Switzerland and Greece

A first case of monkeypox has been detected in Switzerland in a person who lives in the canton of Bern but was exposed to the virus abroad, the health department of the canton of Bern announced on Saturday.

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Contact tracing to identify possible chains of transmission has been carried out, the cantonal authorities said in a media release. The infected person is monitored on an outpatient basis and is in domestic isolation. All contact persons have been informed, the authorities said.

This first suspected case of monkeypox was reported on Friday. The laboratory analyzes carried out confirmed the suspicion on Saturday afternoon.

Greece

A first suspected case of monkeypox has been found in Greece in an English tourist, the Greek health authority said on Saturday.

The English national and his traveling partner were taken to a hospital in solitary confinement, the Greek authority said in a statement.

Laboratory analyzes should confirm this case by Monday.

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Several western countries including France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Spain and Sweden have identified cases.

Monkeypox or “Simian Orthopoxvirus” is a rare disease whose causative agent can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa.

Its symptoms resemble, in a less serious form, those observed in the past in those infected with smallpox: fever, headache, myalgia, dorsal, during the first five days. Then rashes, lesions, pustules, and finally scabs appear.

There is no cure for monkeypox, which usually goes away on its own and symptoms last 14 to 21 days.

Severe cases are more common in children and are related to the level of virus exposure, the patient’s medical condition, and the severity of the complications.

Depending on the epidemic, the mortality rate could vary enormously, but remained below 10% in all documented cases, mainly in young children.

Human-to-human transmission can occur through close contact with infected respiratory secretions, skin lesions from an infected person, or objects recently contaminated with bodily fluids or material from a patient’s lesions.

The latest cases in Western countries have involved men having sex with men, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, which wants to shed light on transmission of the virus, particularly within the homosexual community.

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