The United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain are some of the countries in Europe that have recently discovered cases of smallpox virus. On Sunday, Belgium also reported that four people were infected, and now the country is taking measures Brussels time.
Anyone who has symptoms should go to the emergency room and see a doctor. The incubation period ranges from five to 21 days, and those infected with the virus usually show milder symptoms very early on.
Belgian health authorities now announce that an infected person will self-isolate for 21 days. Those who have been in high-risk contact with an infected person should pay attention to whether they are showing symptoms and be extra careful when coming into contact with people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children. However, they do not need to isolate themselves.
Reported cases in 15 countries
One person was confirmed infected in Israel on Friday, which is believed to be the first case in the Middle East, according to Jerusalem Post. On Sunday, the health authority reported another suspected case. But the authorities were quick to reassure the public that monkeypox was not related to a second pandemic:
“This is a disease, not a pandemic,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz wrote on Twitter.
On Sunday, a total of 15 countries reported cases of smallpox, and in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, a total of 80 people were found infected, according to reports. BBC.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said about 50 suspected cases were being investigated, without naming countries, and warned that more infections could be confirmed.
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