According to the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, the Monkeypox virus spreading in Portugal corresponds to a less hostile lineage disseminating in West Africa.
The genome-sequencing of the monkeypox virus circulating in the nation has been finalized, according to Joao Paulo Gomes, head of the Bioinformatics Unit of the Institute’s Department of Infectious Diseases.
The monkeypox virus in Portugal “is more strongly linked to the monkeypox virus from Nigeria,” that was discovered in 2018 and 2019 in countries such as Singapore, Israel, and the United Kingdom, according to the expert, who also noted that another more hostile lineage of monkeypox is spreading in Central Africa.
“In hypothesis, it mutates faster than we anticipated. We may soon be able to see that these genomic traits are linked to increased transmissibility, but we don’t know for sure “He added.
Despite the fact that “there is no need to worry yet,” the microbiologist urged nations to “act, to stop the chains of spread, to conduct strong monitoring, and to swiftly dismiss all presumed infections.”
Monkeypox is a rare disease that can be transmitted through consistent contact with contaminated bed sheets or clothing as well as bodily fluids.
So far, Portugal has affirmed 39 infections, with all patients ranging in age from 27 to 61, with the majority being under the age of 40.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been 131 monkeypox infections and a further 106 presumed infections in 19 nations outside of Africa since the first infection was published on May 7.