The first case of monkey pox has surfaced in Monaco. There are also three cases of potential contamination that are under investigation.
Like Covid this is a viral disease, but which in general is not dangerous. Monkeypox often begins with symptoms similar to the flu, such as fever, headache, sore throat, body aches, and chills. A rash that looks like pimples or blisters then appears on the body. People are most infectious when they have the rash. The rash converts into scabs, a bit like chickenpox. The scabs eventually fall off.
How is Monkey Pox Transmitted
Anyone can catch this disease. Monkeypox primarily spreads through close physical contact with a person who is infected or contaminated material such as shared clothing or bedsheets. The virus can spread through respiratory droplets if an infected person has lesions in their throat or mouth. That requires sustained face-to-face contact, however. Monkeypox is reported to be much less likely to spread through aerosol particles like Covid-19.
If the virus is present on a surface and you touch it, you can be contaminated.
Having experienced the Covid pandemic this viral threat is a familiar one in our lives.
In case of symptoms, what to do? Report to the hospital or contact your doctor immediately.
The Government and Princess Grace Hospital are prepared
In the Principality, arrangements in anticipation of the first Monkey Pox cases have been made. The Government has requested vaccines. The Head of the Service at CHPG is reported as indicating it is possible to consider vaccination in Monaco in future.
France and Europe
In Europe there are many cases emerging and in France there have been in the region of a thousand.
Typically the cases are not dangerous even within this larger number. In a few cases that have not yet been observed in France, it is reported by medical experts that there may be complications such as pneumopathy and encephalitis.
Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization European regional office shows the monkeypox outbreak in Europe has grown to 4,177 cases in less than 2 months. The United Kingdom is producing 25% of those cases.