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Forecast: should Crimeans be afraid of monkeypox

CrimeaPRESS reports:

As cases are reported in Europe, the monkeypox virus appears to have crossed the species barrier. No such cases of infection were detected in Crimea. There is no reason for the population to panic. This was announced by Muniver Gafarova, Professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Crimean Federal University.

This is not the first time we hear about monkeypox, it was previously registered in Africa, just like, for example, smallpox of cows or camels. The first human case of smallpox was detected in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, our country is the owner of the reference strain of the black pox virus and can develop a vaccine if such a threat appears , — the expert is quoted by the press service of the university.

Experts note that monkeypox itself is rather unpleasant. The incubation period is one to three weeks. The disease begins with high fever, chills, muscle pain. One or two days after the onset of the disease, a characteristic rash appears in a person.

The spread of the virus can be contained if a number of requirements are met. Among them, safe sexual behavior, good hygiene, frequent handwashing.

Recall that the first case of monkeypox infection was confirmed by the World Health Organization on May 7 2022 in a tourist from the UK who had recently returned from Nigeria. Within a week, cases of monkeypox were reported in Portugal, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and other foreign countries.

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