The fourth case of monkeypox, diagnosed in Romania

A new case of monkeypox, the fourth, has been diagnosed in Romania, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday. This is a 36-year-old man, contact with the first patient diagnosed with monkeypox in Romania.

The patient presented to a hospital in Bucharest on Wednesday, after his symptoms appeared on June 12.

The patient’s health is good, but he remained hospitalized, says the Ministry of Health.

The first case of smallpox in Romania was announced on June 13. It is about a 26-year-old man from Bucharest, diagnosed following laboratory investigations, after showing symptoms four days ago. The man appears to have been infected by a close relative who had recently traveled to several European countries, where there were numerous cases of monkeypox infection.

The next day, on June 14, the Ministry of Health announced that a second case of monkeypox had been diagnosed in Romania. This is a 32-year-old man.

On Wednesday, June 15, the Ministry of Health informed that the third case of smallpox in Romania, a 31-year-old man, was also diagnosed.

Smallpox is not easily spread between people and requires close contact. The virus enters the body through damaged skin or mucous membranes, the respiratory tract, eyes, nose or mouth and through body fluids.

Read also: Monkeypox. What is it, how is it transmitted and how serious is the disease? WHO: “This is not a common occurrence”

What the Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, says

The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, declared on Wednesday that the monkey’s smallpox is not easily transmitted and does not require precautions as in the case of infection with the new coronavirus, noting that there is no question of a community transmission of this disease, because the reproduction rate is around 0.3.

“It’s not about sensitivity, it’s more about risky behavior, risky behavior can be recorded in both men and women. The problem is related to close contact with an infected person, this can happen to anyone if they do not take some precautions and the recommendation is, at least from the point of view of intimate relationships, to avoid accidental relationships with strangers. . And if there is an exposure, in the sense of contact with a person with injuries, then it means that it is good for that person to contact the infectious diseases service “, explained Rafila, when asked if there is a greater sensitivity of men to this disease, considering the three existing cases (at that time) in Romania.

He also said, when asked if he also recommends using a condom, that this is a method that would greatly reduce the risk of transmitting sexually transmitted infections.

“Always, when we talk about a sexually transmitted disease, the condom is a method of prevention that is not infallible, you know that the most infallible method is abstinence, as written in the literature, but the correct use of condoms is a method that will decrease the risk of transmitting sexually transmitted infections is very high and it turns out that this disease is, at the moment, transmitted rather sexually “, highlighted Alexandru Rafila.

WHO convenes emergency committee

The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that it would convene a meeting of its emergency committee on June 23 to assess whether smallpox smallpox, a highly contagious disease that has begun to spread in Europe, is “an emergency. public health of international interest ”.

This is the highest level of warning issued by the WHO, which currently applies only to the coronavirus pandemic and polio. The increase in the number of cases is “unusual and worrying,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.

“We believe that the situation requires a coordinated response because of the spread of the disease around the world,” he said. International experts “will help us better understand the virus,” the WHO chief added.

Read also: WHO is looking for a new name for monkeypox. The current name of the disease is considered discriminatory

Editor: Luana Pavaluca

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