what is monkeypox virus and why is it spreading fast?

Bill Gates had earlier warned of Monkeypox (smallpox)

Monkeypox virus is spreading so quickly than experts expected but why is that so?.

Monkeypox is currently spreading in developed countries eg. the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom.

It causes enlarged lymph nodes, fever, body aches or painful fluid filled blisters on the hands, feet and on the face.

Reports that people are normally infected in Africa especially in West Africa and Central Africa so first case recorded in the United Kingdom was big surprise to medical experts. Though one patient of the monkeypox virus travelled from West Africa precisely Nigeria to UK, other cases reported had no contact/s with the patient.

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Symptoms of monkeypox shown on the patients hands from a case in the United States in 2003. Picture by Getty Images.

As of May 20, 2022, the number of cases in the United Kingdom have doubled according to the UK Security Health Agency, UKHSA.

“The latest cases brings the number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since 6 May to 20. The infection can be passed on through close contact or contact with clothing linens used by a person who has monkeypox” the UK government published on their website.

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The UKHSA also said “a notable proportion of cases detected have been in gay and bisexual men and so UKHSA is urging this community in particular to be alert”

Why should the world be worried?

The world should be more worried of how its rapidly spreading as UK government warned they “expect this increase to continue in the coming days and more cases to be identified in the wider community”

People with health complications who have weak immune systems should also be worried though it kills up to 10% of Infected people, theirs could be much worse.

The World Health Organization, WHO is conveninig an emergency meeting asore cases are recorded in these advance countries.

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