Hungary has first case of monkeypox

FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. WHO's top monkeypox expert Dr. Rosamund Lewis said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary has discovered its first case of monkeypox, chief medical officer Cecília Müller announced on Tuesday.

“Monkeypox has also appeared in Hungary, the rare African disease was identified in a 38-year-old man,” Müller said. She added that the infection only spreads through close contact and lasts for about two to four weeks, especially in patients with compromised immune systems and pregnant mothers.

FILE – This 1997 image provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the right arm and torso of a patient, whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox. As health authorities in Europe and elsewhere roll out vaccines and drugs to stamp out the biggest monkeypox outbreak beyond Africa, in 2022, some doctors are acknowledging an ugly reality: The resources to slow the disease’s spread have long been available, just not to the Africans who have dealt with it for decades. (CDC via AP, File)

Epidemiologists have been warned for days about the appearance of the disease in Hungary, which is associated with fever, headaches, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and chickenpox-like rashes. However, virologists have also pointed out that there is no cause for serious concern, as this disease will not become a pandemic.

For the time being, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it possible for monkeypox to become a global pandemic. However, in order to curb the spread of the disease, everyone is advised to avoid close contact with those who are infected or have symptoms suggestive of monkeypox, and to use a condom every time they have sex, in accordance with hygiene rules.

Those with confirmed suspicion of monkeypox are advised to isolate until the scabs fall off, to cover the rashes and skin lesions with a light bandage or cloth, and to refrain from social contacts.

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