Sudan reports first confirmed monkeypox case

An illustration of the monkeypox virus. /CFP

 

Sudan reported its first case of the monkeypox virus.  The federal ministry of health confirmed on Sunday that its first case involves a 16-year-old student in West Darfur State.

This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. /CFP

Over 70 countries reported outbreaks of monkeypox triggering the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the epidemic a global health emergency.

The virus has affected over 16,000 people in 75 countries since May, according to WHO statistics.

Monkeypox is a virus that causes disease with similar but less severe symptoms to smallpox, including a fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

Transmission can occur through physical contact with an infected animal. Animal hosts include rodents and primates.

The WHO advises avoiding unprotected contact with wild animals, especially those that are sick or dead. In endemic countries where animals carry monkeypox, any foods containing animal meat or parts should be cooked thoroughly before eating.

Also, the disease can spread from person to person.

“Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, including through face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-skin contact, including sexual contact,” said WHO.

 

Story compiled with assistance from wire reports