Bulgarian authorities prepare for Monkeypox

Bulgarian authorities discuss measures to combat and prevent Monkeypox spread in the country. Isolation and testing protocols proposed, while experts assure low risk of epidemic. Prophylaxis and vaccination options explored for healthcare workers and at-risk individuals.

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The authorities in charge of public health in Bulgaria are currently discussing ways to stop the spread of Monkeypox, and if possible prevent it from entering the country.


Those who have been infected and anyone in contact with them would be required to remain in isolation for a period of 21 days under one of the proposed solutions.

The National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases has provided guidelines and suggestions to medical professionals (NCIPD). They should take a sample from the area that is affected and send it to the NCIPD for testing if they have any reason to assume that the disease is present because of any symptoms.

They claimed that there is no possibility of a disease epidemic taking place. The majority of patients make a full recovery from Monkeypox in two to three weeks, making it a very mild illness. The death rate is not nearly as great as one might expect.

Prof. Iva Hristova, who is the head of the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, has stated that individuals who are at risk, such as healthcare workers who may come into contact with monkeypox patients or contact persons, would be provided prophylaxis.

The smallpox vaccine is effective against Monkeypox 85% of the time. This vaccine was used in Bulgaria up to 1980. Currently there are no available stocks of the vaccine, but if necessary these may quickly be produced. Risky groups will be the first to undergo such immunization.

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