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The monkeypox virus kills another country

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The first monkeypox fatality was reported in South Africa. According to the South African Minister of Health, five cases of people infected with this virus have been confirmed in the country. This is not the only country struggling with this dangerous disease.

Monkeypox (mpox) is a very rare viral disease that is characterized by fever, headache, muscle aches and a rash resembling pustules, making it difficult to distinguish from chickenpox. It can be infected by anyone who has direct contact with a sick person, and in rare cases also through contact with the same objects and surfaces.

Five cases

South Africa's Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced on Wednesday that a 37-year-old man had become the country's first monkeypox fatality. Five cases of infection with this viral variant of smallpox have been confirmed in the country in a few weeks.

Phaahla revealed that all reported cases of mpox in South Africa were among men aged 30 to 39, none of whom had recently traveled to regions suffering from smallpox outbreaks. This indicates a potential scenario for local transmission of an infectious disease.

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– All five cases were classified as serious, requiring hospitalization. Affected people suffered from comorbidities and were identified as members of key populations also at risk of HIV, the minister added. The South African Ministry of Health has declared its willingness to work with non-governmental organizations to increase awareness of the outbreak and local transmission of the disease.

Phaahla also said that one patient has already been discharged from the hospital, while another is currently in isolation at his home. The other two infected people are in hospital.

Epidemic in the DRC

In April this year, the Republic of Congo announced the mpox epidemic after registering 19 cases of the virus. According to the World Health Organization, mpox was first identified in humans in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. As of January 2023, the DRC has reported over 20,000 suspected cases of mpox and about a thousand deaths.

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