Disease Control Experts Work on Eradicating Deadly ‘Monkeypox’ in Africa to Prevent Outbreak

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Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention are working hard in eradicating the disease before it spreads across the globe.

It’s easy to feel pessimistic about the health of the world’s population. Growing antibiotic resistance, the dramatic rise in obesity-related diseases and problems associated with an aging population are all cause for concern.

While other viruses are on the brink of being completely eradicated, there are diseases like the Ebola virus that has yet to see a cure. One of the deadliest viruses in the world was smallpox, which was completely eradicated in 1977. Smallpox is an extremely contagious and deadly virus for which there is no known cure. The last known case occurred in the United States in 1949 and due to worldwide vaccination programs, this disease has been completely eradicated.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still working on a cure for Ebola, yet another deadly virus is becoming a threat to the world.

The Monkeypox virus was first identified in 1970 as the cause of a smallpox-like illness in humans in remote African locations first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name “monkeypox.”

The Monkeypox virus can cause an illness with a generalized vesicular skin rash, fever, and painful jaw swelling. In previous outbreaks, it has led to death in about 1-10 percent of infected cases. This year, there have been 88 reported cases of monkeypox, which are mostly found in the remote village of Manfoute.

There is no specific medicine to treat the disease, but intensive supportive care helps patients to recover fully.



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