Ireland, Malta record first cases of monkeypox
The virus that causes monkeypox has now spread to more than 20 countries around the world
According to HSE, another suspected case of the disease is also being investigated and is waiting for the final results.
On the same day, the Maltese Ministry of Health also announced the first case of monkeypox. The patient is a 38-year-old Maltese man who has just returned from a country with the above case. This person is currently only experiencing mild symptoms, but has been isolated and treated at home.
Monkeypox virus can enter through skin wounds, respiratory tract, eyes, nose or mouth, spread through respiratory droplets or bodily fluids. Symptoms appear within 5 to 21 days of being infected with the virus and include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. Monkeypox is usually mild, and most patients recover within a few weeks without treatment. However, the disease can still be fatal.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the monkeypox virus has now spread to more than 20 countries around the world with more than 200 confirmed and suspected cases.
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