Current diseases that have the world and the WHO on alert

Current diseases that have the world and the WHO on alert

monkey pox

Until Wednesday, the World Health Organization had already recorded more than 200 cases of smallpox around the world . The strange thing about the proliferation of infections in European countries and others such as the United States, Canada and even Argentina is that it is not common, since the disease is not endemic to any of these countries.

In total, 19 countries where the disease is not common, most of them European, have reported at least one confirmed case, indicates the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in an epidemiological note released on Wednesday night.

FILE PHOTO: Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

“The majority of cases are young men, identifying themselves as men having sex with men. There are no deaths,” says the European agency based in Stockholm.

Out of the 11 African countries where the disease is endemic, three countries currently account for the majority of confirmed cases: the United Kingdom (71), the first country where unusual cases were detected in early May, Spain (51) and Portugal (37). ), according to the ECDC.

The Mexican Ministry of Health sent an alert so that the country’s hospitals, clinics and care institutions channel any suspicious case for analysis in laboratories.

‘Mysterious’ childhood hepatitis

In the United States, six infants died from hepatitis of unknown cause , until last week and there are 180 suspected viral cases in the country. And, in the world, there were already almost 429 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

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The main hypothesis about the origin of this condition continues to be that of presence of adenovirus 41 although experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigate other factors, for example, if a previous infection with Covid-19 would have made minors more susceptible.