This 2003 electron microscope image, made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows mature virions of oval-shaped monkey goats, left and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a human skin sample associated with the Prairie Dog Outbreak of the Year 2003
Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner CDC via AP
The World Health Organization has confirmed about 80 cases of monkey goats with recent outbreaks reported in 11 countries, the global health agency said on Friday.
According to the WHO, outbreaks are unusual, as they occur in countries where the virus is not endemic. More cases are likely to be reported in the coming days as surveillance expands, the World Health Agency said.
“WHO is working with affected countries and others to expand disease control, to find and support people who may be affected, and to provide guidelines for disease management,” the WHO said in a statement.
European nations have confirmed dozens of cases of the largest outbreak of monkey goats on the continent, the German military reports. The US has confirmed at least one case and Canada two. Monkey goats are commonly found in rainforest countries in Central and West Africa, where animals that transmit the virus live, According to the WHO.
Monkey goats are a disease caused by a virus from the same family as black goats, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not as severe. However, monkey goats can kill as many as 1 in 10 people with the disease based on observations in Africa, According to the CDC.
According to observational studies in Africa, the black goat vaccine is 85% effective in preventing monkey goats. according to WHO and CDC.
They are monkey goats spread by close contact with humans, animals or material infected with the virus. It enters the body through damaged skin, respiratory system, eyes, nose and mouth. Although human-to-human transmission is also thought to occur through respiratory droplets, this requires prolonged eye-to-eye contact because the droplets cannot travel more than a few meters, According to the CDC.
Monkeypox usually begins with flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. According to the CDC. Within 1 to 3 days after the onset of fever, patients develop a rash that begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. The disease usually lasts for about 2 to 4 weeks.
“As monkey goats spread through close contact, the response should focus on affected people and their close contacts,” the WHO said. According to the WHO, health workers, household members and sexual partners of people who have the virus are at greater risk of disease.
The U.S. CDC confirmed the monkey goat case in Massachusetts on Wednesday. The person recently traveled to Canada by private transportation. New York City is investigating a possible case of monkey goats, the health department said Thursday.
In the United States, monkey goats erupted in 2003, the first outside Africa to result from human contact with infected prairie dogs bred as pets. The 2003 outbreak resulted in more than 70 cases.
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