UK- Two cases of monkeypox virus found in Wales, June 2021

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May 19, 2022

“Days after unusual clusters of the rare monkeypox virus emerged in Europe, New York City health authorities announced on Thursday that they were investigating a possible case of the rare disease.
The authorities said little about the patient, who is currently in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, according to a statement from the city health department. The patient arrived to the hospital Thursday, according to one official.”

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“News of the possible case comes a day after a man in Massachusetts was diagnosed with the disease. He had recently traveled to Canada, which is currently investigating more than 15 suspected cases in and around Montreal.

Clusters of monkeypox cases have recently been identified in Britain and Portugal, while Spain is investigating suspected cases of the virus. Sweden and Italy reported cases on Thursday. The patients in Britain and those in Canada are mostly men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox, according to the C.D.C., can spread through respiratory droplets from an infected person, as well through contact with body fluids and the sores that the virus is known for. It can also spread via contaminated objects.”



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19 May 2022

“BOSTON - Massachusetts health officials announced they have confirmed a case of monkeypox, the first case of the rare virus identified in the United States in 2022.

The Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the infection was found in an adult man who recently traveled to Canada. They say this case poses no risk to the general public.

The man, a Massachusetts resident, has been hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital since May 12. He is in isolation and in stable condition. The hospital said because the disease is so rare, it took six days to diagnose him with the help of the CDC.

The DPH is working to identify anyone who may have been in close contact with the man while he was infectious.

MGH doctors said the patient traveled to Canada but did not have a travel history to areas with high levels of monkeypox. It's normally found in Africa.”


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Per video:

Researchers say “What’s strange is that it’s spreading in western countries.”

At least three cases linked to a festival in Belgium.

Doctor says we’ve never seen MP all over the world at the same time.
 

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“"As we learn more we urge health care providers particularly those in outpatient settings to remain vigilant to potential cases and to take any necessary precautions," said Dr. Sarimer Sanchez, the medical director for Boston Public Health Commission's Infectious Disease Bureau.

"I would emphasize that historically this has been a rare disease with very rare transmission around the world. What we have seen in the United Kingdom, in Spain and in Europe has been novel and that gives us cause for concern, but I think appropriately people should not be afraid of monkeypox right now. The current patient is of no public health risk right now. People should just be aware of symptoms, but not be afraid in any way," said MGH Dr. Paul Biddinger.

"Really right now, human-to-human transmission really has occurred through close contact, generally speaking. And that is close contact via respiratory droplets and prolonged face-to-face contact, as well as direct contact through lesions or in direct contact through contaminated bedding or, sort of, clothing contaminated with the lesions," said Dr. Sanchez.”

 

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I feel so sad seeing the photos of the children in Africa with monkeypox. It looks so awful. :(

I think what the WHO said is very important, that it’s very important not to stigma-tize.

Let’s hope this doesn’t blow up. The rapid, widespread, global transmission is troubling.
 

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I feel so sad seeing the photos of the children in Africa with monkeypox. It looks so awful. :(

I think what the WHO said is very important, that it’s very important not to stigma-tize.

Let’s hope this doesn’t blow up. The rapid, widespread, global transmission is troubling.
At least we have a head start this time. Luckily, there is already a vaccine for monkeypox and we already (in the US anyway) have a national stockpile of smallpox vaccine for every citizen, which is reasonably effective for monkeypox as well. So at least we're not starting from scratch as we did with SARS-CoV2. We already know what monkeypox is, have tests to detect it, and vaccines to prevent it. It's also not all that easy to spread human to human unless it has gained some kind of evolutionary advantage in the last few years, either naturally or intentionally.

Here's a warning from all the way back in 2018:

"It is time that we start to take action for prevention and preparedness of epidemics, especially for pathogens we have recognized as significant human threats, like monkeypox. The available data in this review demonstrate how limited and fragmented the information about monkeypox epidemiology still is, which leads to a potential underestimation of the magnitude and severity of MPX outbreaks. This should be a wakeup call to the research community for more engagement, follow-up and research on this disease.

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Monkeypox is a significant health concern for people living in endemic regions such as DRC and other African countries where circulation of the virus is confirmed, but it is also a global health security concern as demonstrated during the USA outbreak in 2003. Appropriate and effective interventions and active surveillance activities are urgently needed to prevent increased transmission efficiency or virulence (23). MPX is the most important orthopoxvirus in humans, certainly in the endemic areas and perhaps globally. Monkeypox is not a rare disease anymore, monkeypox needs more attention."

 

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''As the world races to understand more about rapidly emerging monkeypox outbreaks, the speed in which cases are being discovered signals a major shift in the behaviour of the virus and its ability to spread from person to person unnoticed.

Five cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Quebec and Canada's chief public health officer said Friday provinces are continuing to investigate "a couple dozen" possible cases throughout Canada — with more likely to be confirmed in the days and weeks ahead.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday there are currently about 80 confirmed cases worldwide, with another 50 pending investigation and more likely to be reported as global surveillance expands.

West and Central Africa typically see thousands of endemic cases reported annually, but monkeypox cases outside of Africa are rare and largely tied to travel. What sets this global outbreak apart is the rise in cases with no known travel origin.

"The global spread is concerning. That's not something that we are particularly used to with monkeypox," said Jason Kindrachuk, University of Manitoba assistant professor of viral pathogenesis and Canada Research Chair of emerging viruses who has researched monkeypox.

"What we're seeing right now is unprecedented. We have multiple geographic locations across the globe that are reporting cases … What is the epidemiological link between these cases and is there anything that is related back to changes within the virus?"
 

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''As the world races to understand more about rapidly emerging monkeypox outbreaks, the speed in which cases are being discovered signals a major shift in the behaviour of the virus and its ability to spread from person to person unnoticed.

Five cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Quebec and Canada's chief public health officer said Friday provinces are continuing to investigate "a couple dozen" possible cases throughout Canada — with more likely to be confirmed in the days and weeks ahead.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday there are currently about 80 confirmed cases worldwide, with another 50 pending investigation and more likely to be reported as global surveillance expands.

West and Central Africa typically see thousands of endemic cases reported annually, but monkeypox cases outside of Africa are rare and largely tied to travel. What sets this global outbreak apart is the rise in cases with no known travel origin.

"The global spread is concerning. That's not something that we are particularly used to with monkeypox," said Jason Kindrachuk, University of Manitoba assistant professor of viral pathogenesis and Canada Research Chair of emerging viruses who has researched monkeypox.

"What we're seeing right now is unprecedented. We have multiple geographic locations across the globe that are reporting cases … What is the epidemiological link between these cases and is there anything that is related back to changes within the virus?"
Very strange. The last US outbreak (2003) was triggered by the pet trade - imported animals from Africa to a pet dealer in the US. It's not just human travel that needs to be looked at. They need to look at the exotic pet trade, too.
 

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This is the piece that interests me with new viral outbreaks:


"Transmission can result from close contact with respiratory secretions or the skin lesions of an infected person or from recently contaminated objects. Symptoms can include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches, a lack of energy, severe rashes and lesions."

 

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May 21, 2022 5:52PM EDT rbbm.
''Health officials in Toronto say they are investigating the first suspected case of monkeypox in the city.
In a news release issued Saturday afternoon, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said the suspected infection was found in a male resident in his 40s.
TPH said the patient had recent contact with an individual who travelled to Montreal and is currently in hospital in stable condition and recovering.

Members of the public may have been exposed to the virus if they attended the Axis Club (located at 722 College Street) on May 14 or Woody's bar (located at 467 Church Street) on either May 13 or May 14.

Officials highlighted that the risk to the general public is very low.''
 

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OSLO, May 21 (Reuters) - Norway has begun searching for possible cases of monkeypox in the capital Oslo, the country's Institute of Public Health (FHI) said on Saturday.

"A foreigner who visited Oslo from May 6-10 has, after returning home, been confirmed to have been infected," FHI said. It did not say which country had identified the case.

 

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I honestly think that the cases are being diagnosed, because people are looking for it. Otherwise, some, if not many, of them were unrecognized because the people weren't very sick, and the pustules weren't severe enough for them to seek treatment.
 

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Can we all take a moment to say a prayer, light a candle, whatever it is you do, that this thread is short-lived and doesn’t end up with its own section and over 100 pages long like the Covid one? I just can’t even ponder that as a real possibility at the moment.
 
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