The monkeypox: a new danger for humanity?

After about a year and a half of the pandemic, the population is now tired. But there is a new danger: “monkeypox.” The effects are visible: firstly fever and then blisters on the face, hands and feet. The first case of monkeypox was found in Emilia Romagna at the general hospital of Sant’Orsola. The man says he was in Madrid, where he probably was infected, and then in Germany. Currently, in fact, the largest cases are in Spain and Portugal. Other cases are in Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. According to what two experts told the DailyMail: “Monkeypox patients are contagious for up to four weeks, that is, until their skin lesions disappear”. Other experts say the infection can happen through breathing droplets, close contacts, skin with lesions or contact of the mucous membrane. According to some analyzes, it is less aggressive than the monkeypox virus, native to West Africa. As reported by the online newspaper “Live Sicilia”, the virologist Francesco Broccolo says: “From the health point of view there is no alarmism because at the moment there are no serious cases; moreover, the infection affects the age group between 20 and 50 years and this is important because this group has had the smallpox vaccine . This should take effect for a few more years. The disease, unlike Covid-19, is not asymptomatic”. Unfortunately, experts also say that: “The monkeypox virus can cause problems for young children and pregnant women”. It could be dangerous if we are not careful. We don’t have to act like when we didn’t know what covid-19 was and thought it wasn’t serious. For the moment, according to science, there is no need to worry but we must always keep our vigilance and be careful, let’s not let our guard down!

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