Malawi is watching how EU and US cope with Monekypox

Stay updated on the global outbreak of monkeypox as Malawi monitors how the EU and US are handling the situation. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the WHO, is ensuring proper surveillance and preparedness measures are in place. Learn about the symptoms, transmission, and preventative measures of this containable disease. Take necessary hygiene precautions and seek medical attention if experiencing any related symptoms.

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The Ministry of Health has received a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding monkeypox cases in the America (USA) and some European and Asian countries.


The disease has not been recorded in Malawi, according to Minister for Health Charles Mwansambo, but the ministry, in partnership with the WHO, is constantly checking the outbreak in afflicted countries.

The Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation at the country level using the WHO-approved Integrated Surveillance Activities and Management (IDSR) and the Global Health Regulations (IHR).

"The Ministry is inspecting all tourists and has put in place procedures to deal with those who are suspected of being infected with new diseases like COVID-19 and monkeypox." The nation has already treatment centers for these diseases.


"The public is urged to maintain general proper hygiene habits such as washing hands with soap and keeping a safe distance from others (the same procedures used to control and prevent COVID-19 and Ebola)," Mwansambo stated.

Monkeypox is typically a personality infection that last for between 2 and 4 weeks. Severe cases are likely to happen. The case fatality ratio has been approximately 2–6% in recent years.

About 250 cases (confirmed and unverified) have been recorded in 16 countries, according to current sources.


Experts have termed the incident as "random" but "containable," according to Mwansambo.

According to him, the disease's clinical signs are comparable to, but less severe than, those of smallpox.

Monkeypox has a 7-14 day incubation (from inoculation to symptoms), but it can be as short as 521 days.


Headache, Fever, backache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and weariness are the first symptoms of the sickness.

The patient may develop a rashes (which starts as Macules, then  Pustules,  Papules, and Scabs) between 1 to 3 days (possibly more) after the onset of illness, typically originating on the face and extending to other regions of the body.

He added, "Monkeypox is a virus zoonotic (a infection spread to people from wildlife) with symptoms comparable to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, though this is medically less severe."


According to him, the monkeypox virus is transmitted when a youngster comes into contact with the sickness from a critter, a human, or infected goods. The virus enters through abrasions, the respiratory muscles, or oral mucosa (even if they aren't visible) (nose, eyes, or mouth).

Animal-to-human transmission can occur through bites or scratches, meat preparation, acute contact with body fluid or lesion materials, or incidental exposure with lesion material, including through tainted bedding.

The principal mode of human exposure is thought to be large respiratory droplets.


Because breathing particles can only transmit a few feet, continuous head contact is essential.

Immediate interaction with bodily secretions or lesions materials, as well as casual contact with lesions substance, including through tainted clothing or linens, are further human-to-human transmission mechanisms.

Hand and respiratory cleanliness, as well as safe dietary practices, are all preventative measures for monkeypox.

When coughing or sneezing, people should wash their handwashing or an alcohol-based touch rub, cover their nose and mouth with a healthcare mask, tissue, or a jacket or flexed elbow, avoid unsupervised close contact with anyone working to develop cold or flu-like symptoms, and seek medical attention if they have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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