Monkeypox: Map shows the spread of the disease
Monkeypox has reached Germany. A first case had been proven beyond a doubt in a Munich hospital, as announced by the Bundeswehr (source: editorial network Germany/RND). Cases of the smallpox variant have increased in European countries in recent weeks and days, starting with a few cases in the UK.
Previously, cases of the disease in humans occurred mostly in West and Central Africa. It was first detected in monkeys, but is believed to come from rodents. Of the current increase is attracting the attention of experts. Symptoms include fever, severe headache and back pain, and a smallpox rash that spreads from the face to the body. According to experts, the course is usually mild in humans (source: t-online).
Based on current data from the Global Health Initiative, in which epidemiologists from the renowned Oxford University are involved, among others, the IT expert Antonio Camaria now has one Live map of worldwide cases created – you can find the map as shown in the screenshot under the “MonkeyPox” tab:
According to the data, the spread is currently strongest in Portugal and Spain. However, the pathogen has already arrived in many countries in Western Europe as well as in the USA, Canada and Australia.
No specific vaccine against monkeypox is available
As with Corona, the so-called monkeypox is a viral infection. Of the However, the pathogen has been known for decades. So far there is no specific vaccine against monkeypox, but a common smallpox vaccination is said to provide good protection against the infection.
There are different theories about the increasing number of cases worldwide. For example, monkeypox could fill the gap left by the eradication of smallpox. These have been considered defeated since the 1980s. However, the current cases could also be related to fewer vaccinations against smallpox, since these are considered to be eradicated. Our colleagues from t-online have compiled further information on monkeypox here.
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