Monkey Pox Outbreak Reported In DRC

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An outbreak of the Monkey Pox disease has been reported in the Oriental Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An outbreak of the Monkey Pox disease has been reported in the Oriental Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
Cases of Monkey Pox which is similar to small pox have been confirmed in the areas of Isiro and Dungu.
 
 
Dr. Colin Ngobila, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization—WHO based in the DRC, says samples from human beings and monkeys have confirmed the existence of the virus that causes the disease. Dr. Ngobila says the virus has got similar symptoms to those of small pox.
 
 He reveals that human beings who have a habit of touching carcasses of animals have to be extra careful as they could easily contract the virus.
 
Human cases of Monkey pox were first reported in 1970 in the DRC in a child who had not been vaccinated against smallpox.
 
The Monkeypox occurs with a high fever and an eruption of vesicles which occur 48 hours after the fever.
 
The DRC usually finds it hard to protect its citizens from contagious diseases as conducting vaccination exercises is rarely done due to insecurity resulting from the presence of various rebel groups in the resource rich country.

Monkey pox is a viral zoonotic disease with symptoms in humans similar to those of smallpox. However, while smallpox no longer occurs having been eradicated in 1980, monkey pox still occurs sporadically in parts of Africa.
 
In recent months, deadly diseases such Ebola, Marburg and Crimean-Congo fever have been reported in DRC.