Bangladesh has announced a health alert to control the ongoing monkeypox outbreak around the world. However, no case has been registered in the country so far. “There have been no cases of monkeypox in Bangladesh so far, but we have made this announcement to investigate any incident,” an official with the country’s health ministry was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
According to officials, the initial steps will include monkeypox screening of all passengers arriving from countries where the case has been identified. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 80 cases of monkeypox in 11 countries and said officials were working to understand the extent and cause of the outbreak.
On Friday, the Global Health Agency maintained that the virus was endemic to some animal populations in many countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among local people and travelers.
“The WHO is working with affected countries and others to expand surveillance of the disease, to find and assist those who may be affected, and to provide guidance on how to manage the disease. We continue to convene meetings of experts and technical advisory groups (such as today’s meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on epidemics and contagious risk associated with epidemic potential) [STAG-IH]) To share information about disease and response strategies, “the WHO said Friday.
The WHO has warned that stigmatizing a group of people over a disease is “never acceptable.” “It can be a barrier to ending an outbreak because it can prevent people from taking care of it and lead to an unintended spread,” it added.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is endemic to the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (marked only in animals), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis whose symptoms are similar to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, although it is less severe clinically. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually between 6 and 13 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days, according to the WHO.