Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Australian authorities reported cases of monkeypox virus (MPXV) or monkeypox in the Melbourne area. This discovery is the first time in the land of the Kangaroo.
The first suspected case of monkeypox was discovered when a male patient in his 30s had just visited England. The place where the new viruses were found.
The Victoria State Department of Health said the man developed symptoms on May 16. As for now, the man has been isolated and the authorities are still investigating everyone who came into contact with him.
“Passengers seated near the man on flight EY10 from London to Abu Dhabi on 14 May and flight EY462 from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, which landed on Monday, were contacted to be alerted to monitor for symptoms,” Australian media report 9News.au said. Friday (20/5/2022).
Photo: An image made during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 1996 to 1997, showing the hands of a patient with a rash from monkeypox. (via REUTERS/CDC/BRIAN WJ MAHY)
A picture made during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 1996 to 1997, shows the hands of a patient with a rash from monkeypox. (via REUTERS/CDC/BRIAN WJ MAHY)
Meanwhile, authorities in the State of New South Wales (NSW) also found indications of another resident who was exposed to monkeypox. The region, which includes the city of Sydney, said the residents had previously arrived from Europe.
Monkeypox is a disease that is endemic in Central or West Africa. But recently the virus has emerged in the UK, Spain, Portugal, the United States (US), Italy, Sweden, France and Canada.
As the name suggests, the virus originated from an infection in monkeys. Reporting from the CDC website, the virus is part of the Orthopoxvirus genus, which also harbors similar viruses, namely variola (which causes smallpox), vaccinia (used in making vaccines) and cowpox (cowpox virus).
Smallpox first attacked monkeys in 1958, at the monkey research laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark. Meanwhile, the first human case of monkeypox was discovered in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
However, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the virus was not as contagious as Covid-19. A similar claim was also confirmed by a local infectious disease doctor.
(dce / dce)