As monkeypox virus spreads across the world, experts warn of further rise in cases

London, UKEdited By: Srishti Singh SisodiaUpdated: May 22, 2022, 11:10 AM IST
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The World Health Organization (WHO) also said that it expects to identify more cases 

As rare monkeypox infection spreads in different parts of the world, experts are concerned and are on high alert as they analyse and understand the recent surge in cases. Experts are trying to understand how the virus is getting transmitted as cases continue to rise. 

British scientists have issued a warning that more monkeypox cases will be detected in the coming days, The Guardian reported, quoting Charlotte Hammer, who is a Cambridge University expert on emerging diseases. 

"I am certain that we are going to see more cases. First, health authorities are now – very actively – looking for cases, so we are more likely to spot people with mild versions which we might previously have missed or misdiagnosed," Hammer said as quoted by The Guardian. 

"In addition, monkeypox has an incubation period of between one and three weeks so it is likely we will see new infections among those who were in early contact with the outbreak’s first cases," he added. 

The media outlet also quoted Prof Keith Neal, of Nottingham University, who said, "Has the virus changed? Well it does not actually appear to be any more lethal, though something may have affected its transmissibility."

"And don’t forget this is a DNA virus and is unlikely to mutate at the rates that RNA viruses do, including those that cause Covid or HIV. Overall, I am not too worried," he added. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) also said that it expects to identify more cases. The global health body said, adding it will provide further guidance and recommendations in the coming days for countries on how to mitigate the spread of monkeypox.  

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The agency added, "Available information suggests that human-to-human transmission is occurring among people in close physical contact with cases who are symptomatic." 

Experts are concerned due to the multiple cases because monkeypox is an uncommon disease as its outbreaks mostly occur in west and central Africa. Occasionally it spreads elsewhere. 

The Monkeypox illness usually causes symptoms of fever, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes. Chickenpox-like rashes are also found on the hands and face. 


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