Dr. Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, the Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs, asserted that the recently emerged virus, monkeypox, is transmitted from an animal to human, and from human to human through direct and indirect contact, he revealed in a phone interview with Hadith Al Qahera on Saturday.
Regarding the symptoms of the disease, Tag El-Din revealed that the virus’ symptoms are fever and pustules in the whole body.
The ministry said, in an infographic published on “Facebook”, Saturday, that the virus was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958, and the virus is endemic in west and central Africa and rarely reaches other continents, and when that happens, cases of outbreaks are very small and are measured in single numbers.
It added that the monkeypox virus is not similar to the nature of the Coronavirus, as the latter was completely unknown when it first appeared, but the monkeypox virus is known to us, and we have experts who specialize in dealing with it.
The ministry also noted that the monkeypox virus does not spread easily, and it does not spread through the air over long distances, but by contacting infected persons for long periods and closely, so it is unlikely to turn into a global pandemic such as Covid 19, the virus causes high temperatures, and rashes.