The first case of monkeypox appeared in the Czech Republic, previously confirmed by SZÚ

Update: 05/24/2022 18:46

Prague – The first cases of monkeypox, which recently spread from Africa to other countries, were previously confirmed in the Czech Republic. This is stated in a press release today by the State Institute of Public Health (SZÚ), whose laboratory is examining samples with suspected infection. According to SZ, the infected person stayed in early May at a music festival in Antwerp, Belgium. The EAA checked two more samples and notified them in the afternoon that they were both negative.

Pavel Dlouh draws attention to the first confirmed case with reference to the chairman of the Infectious Medicine Society of the Czech Medical Society, Jan Evangelista Purkyně Pavel Dlouh Message list. According to him, the patient is in the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN) in Prague. Hospital in pers conference state that patients are in isolation and staff use personal protective equipment. “He is not receiving specific treatment for smallpox, he is stable, only symptoms of the disease are being treated,” hospital spokeswoman Jitka Zinke wrote.

SZ’s National Reference Laboratory of Influenza and Non-Influenza Viral Diseases states that this is early confirmation as samples were examined by electron microscopy this morning. For final confirmation, according to laboratory head Helena Jiřincová, it is necessary to carry out whole genome sequencing or the PCR method. “The final results will probably be known next week,” he said.

In total, the laboratory received three samples. “We will process two more suspicious samples in the next few hours,” said Daniel Krsek, head of the laboratory for detection of infectious agents by electron microscopy.

Immediately after the suspicion of chickenpox infection, the Prague Hygiene Station has launched an epidemiological investigation to determine the possible risk contacts of patients and to establish anti-epidemic measures for them, especially quarantine.

“Regarding positive people (…) more generally, he stayed with friends in early May at a music festival in Antwerp, Belgium. , 5 to 39 degrees Celsius, to sowing painful pimples on the skin resembling pimples on the body parts. certain.

Smallpox is a rare viral disease that is similar to smallpox, but usually has milder manifestations. According to experts, long-term and close contact is necessary for the transfer. They were first recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1970s and now occur in parts of Central and West Africa. Until recently, this disease was rare in other parts of the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it has 131 confirmed cases of monkeypox and 106 suspected cases in 19 countries where the disease is not common. In Europe, this disease has occurred, for example in Denmark, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria.

Ministry of Health spokesman Ondřej Jakob told TK today that there is no data on whether the smallpox vaccine also protects against smallpox. However, experts believe that because of the similarity of the viruses, they could be effective, said the chairman of the Czech Vaccine Society, Roman Chlíbek. People who were vaccinated in the Czech Republic before 1980, when general vaccination ended, but according to him, have almost no protection. Based on opinion However, the Infection Treatment Society of the Czech Medical Society Jan Evangelista Purkyně can protect the vaccinated against serious processes.

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