The first case of Monkeypox dates back to 6 May 2022. The country where the case was detected was in fact the United Kingdom, more precisely in England. From 6 May until 15 May, the total number of cases detected in the UK was 7. But in the following days, cases also appeared in other countries. Among them, Portugal had 3 cases on 17 May and 11 confirmed cases on 18 May.
As of 7 September 2022 there were 55425 confirmed cases of Monkeypox worldwide.
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (i.e. a virus transmitted from animals to humans is responsible) that produces symptoms similar to those observed in smallpox patients in the past, although clinically less severe.
How we get infected
The disease often subsides with symptoms that usually resolve spontaneously within 14 to 21 days, is not very contagious among humans, and is transmitted through exposure to exhaled droplets and from contact with infected skin lesions or contaminated materials.
Symptoms (including fever, headache, muscle pain, and rash) can be mild or severe, and lesions can be very itchy or painful.
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