On Wednesday, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Egypt’s acting health minister reviewed a report on the monkeypox disease. This occurred during a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.
The minister stated that the ministry is monitoring monkeypox incidents around the globe and that Egypt has had no cases till now. He added that the total count of monkeypox cases around the world had reached 250.
He went on to say that the ministry is equipped to respond to such a virus and is collaborating to obtain vaccines and treatments for it. According to him, the vaccination is about 85 percent successful in preventing monkeypox.
The monkeypox virus has a close semblance to smallpox, but it is less life-threatening and infectious, according to the Health and Population Ministry. On Saturday evening, the Ministry of Health issued a statement on its official Facebook page emphasizing that the monkeypox virus is transmitted through close physical contact rather than long distances through the air.
The virus is endemic in West and Central Africa and is rarely identified outside of these regions, according to the ministry. According to the ministry, symptoms include a skin rash and fever.
According to the Ministry of Health, Egypt has no confirmed or presumed cases of monkeypox.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry’s spokesperson, stated that the ministry is actively watching the worldwide epidemiological condition. He also disclosed the ministry’s steps to prevent monkeypox infection including warning citizens not to touch any sick or dead animal in areas where the disease is discovered. The ministry emphasized the importance of hand hygiene compliance as well as the use of personal protective equipment such as hand sterilization and face masks.
According to Dr. Ahmed Salman, an Oxford University Professor of Immunology and Vaccine Development, the symptoms of monkeypox are comparable to those of common smallpox, beginning with an increase in temperature and general cracking in the body, followed by pus and blisters across the entire body.
In a phone interview with Egypt Can TV, Dr. Salman explained that monkeypox leads to an increase in facial pimples and swollen lymph nodes. Using specific diagnostic exams, doctors can distinguish between monkeypox and normal smallpox.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it is collaborating intimately with countries where incidents of the rare viral disease monkeypox have been confirmed. According to the WHO, there have been approximately 80 confirmed cases across 11 countries, with an additional 50 cases awaiting examination.
It stated that it was “collaborating with concerned nations and others to broaden monitoring in order to find and assist potentially affected, as well as to provide a framework for managing the disease.” The UN health authority emphasized that monkeypox propagates completely different than COVID-19, urging everyone to “keep updated from credible sources, like the national health experts,” about the scope of an outbreak in their own neighborhoods.
According to a previous news report from WHO, at least eight European countries are affected: the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. Also, Hans Kluge, the UN agency’s Europe Regional Director, explained the majority of incidents are mild so far.
“Monkeypox is normally a self-limiting illness, and most people who get it recover in a few weeks without hospitalization,” Kluge said. Monkeypox can be passed from person to person through contact with lesions, bodily fluids, contaminated materials, and respiratory droplets.