The authorities in the indian capital, New Delhi, announced a new case of monkeypox, bringing the total number of cases there to five.
The case is a 22-year-old African woman, and her medical tests showed positive results for the disease, as she had traveled to Nigeria a month ago. The patient went to the hospital two days ago. Her medical reports were issued yesterday evening to confirm that she had contracted the virus, and she is the second woman in the capital to be infected with the virus.
Four people, including two women, were taken to hospital for treatment after being infected with monkeypox virus, while another was allowed to leave the hospital after recovering from the disease.
Monkeypox disease is usually self-limited, meaning it typically resolves itself without treatment,” the WHO said, warning that severe cases may occur and that fatality ratio due to the disease has been around three to six percent.
Symptoms of the disease, which usually last from two to four weeks, include fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes. The disease can be transmitted to people from other infected persons or animals.
Monkeypox is less contagious than the notorious smallpox, which was declared eradicated worldwide in 1980, and causes less severe illness.
To prevent the infection, you should not touch sick or dead animals that are found in places where monkeypox spreads.
People infected with the virus should be isolated and animals carrying the virus should be quarantined.
You should wash hands well with water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitisers and use masks and gloves when providing care to people infected with the virus.