It was verified on Wednesday by Greek health officials that the country had its first case of monkeypox.
According to the Organization for Public Health, a man who had recently returned from a trip to Portugal tested positive for the virus after he sought medical attention for monkeypox-like symptoms (EODY).
Test results are waiting for the patient in Athens.
Non-variola Orthopoxvirus was found in the man’s system. Meanwhile, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s Aristotle Laboratory of Microbiology is working to analyze these test results.
By June 7, 577 monkeypox cases had been confirmed in 18 European countries and 437 in other countries outside of the continent. More than a thousand cases have been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of today, spanning 29 nations.
However, monkeypox provides little risk to the general population, as it is mild and self-contained. It’s not highly contagious, although sexual intercourse between the same sexes raises the risk of infection. According to the WHO, monkeypox could become widespread.
The World Health Organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has issued a warning about a probable monkeypox pandemic in 29 countries. At least 66 people have died in Africa from monkeypox.
The fact that a public health crisis is only addressed seriously when it affects wealthier nations, while it is overlooked in developing countries, was also noticed by Ghebreyesus.
By educating people about monkeypox, WHO and UNAIDS want to curb the spread of the disease. In order to prevent disease, some governments may institute vaccination programs. As a precaution, anyone who have been exposed to the virus in the last four days will be vaccinated.
While smallpox was a much more lethal virus, the vaccinations were used in 1980 to protect against monkeypox. Patients with monkeypox are advised by the World Health Organization to remain at home and isolate themselves.