I think Norwegian health workers are on alert after a rare virus outbreak in Europe

I think Norwegian health workers are on alert after a rare virus outbreak in Europe

The most recent case of monkey mugs discovered in Europe is found in sweden. The Swedish health authorities announced this in a press release Thursday morning.

The person who has been confirmed to be infected with the virus is not seriously ill but has received care. We do not yet know where the person was infected. An investigation is currently underway, says infection doctor and investigator Clara Sunden at the Swedish Public Health Agency.

A number of cases of infection have already been detected in many countries in the West. Spain and Portugal have detected more than 40 probable and confirmed cases. Canada is also affected, and in the United States, the first case was discovered on Wednesday in a man who had been in Canada. In the UK, there have been nine cases since May 6. It is believed that the source of infection is Nigeria.

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New cases: Monkeypox viral disease causes a rash that begins on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body Image: CDC/BRIAN WJ MAHY

It may appear in Norway

Assistant Director of Health Espen Rostrop Nakstad does not rule out the possibility of cases in Norway.

– But it may only be if there are people in Norway who have been in contact with other cases in Europe. It is not that this is spread in every country. It is possible that the cases detected in Europe so far were caused by infections brought in from Nigeria. This is now set in many countries.

Can health workers in Norway be asked to be more vigilant?

– I think health workers in Norway are already paying extra attention to this.

Although monkey cups are now found in a number of Western countries, Nakstad believes there is little risk of this spreading significantly.

Monkeypox is not as dangerous or contagious as the smallpox virus that was eradicated in 1980. It was a completely different matter. Monkey cups are usually able to handle well with self-insulation.

– It is not excluded that he will come to Norway:

– But it is clear that it rarely appears in Europe, which is why you are now following the situation closely, including in the UK. This is how you can identify and isolate cases, as you would with other infectious diseases.

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– Monitors the situation closely

Nakstad says Norway, like many other European countries, will follow the situation closely.

– Here, the situation will be monitored in cooperation with European infection control institutions, and for the time being, the focus is on dealing with proven cases.

The Assistant Director of Health emphasized that Norwegians do not have to worry too much about this virus.

– There is not much drama in this news, and it is unlikely that this will spread to a large extent if it is handled properly.

In Norway, the National Institute of Public Health monitors and monitors the occurrence of various infectious diseases. FHI says to TV 2 it is following the situation closely.

Several other countries have detected the infection, and it is unusual to find cases not linked to travel to West Africa. We’re following the situation closely, says FHI’s chief medical officer, Siri L. Feruglio.

So far, she says, no cases of the virus have been detected in Norway, and she asserts that monkeypox is much less contagious than the smallpox virus.

The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family as the smallpox virus, but the disease is significantly less contagious and the mortality rate is much lower. For most people, this is a self-limiting disease, with a high temperature, swollen lymph nodes and a rash, but the disease in rare cases can have a fatal outcome.

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted from animals, especially rodents, to humans, but can also be transmitted between humans by contact with the rash and/or droplets.

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