The Health Ministry said on Thursday that since the first case was discovered on October 13, there have been 14 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Indonesia, prompting the country to issue an alert.
Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, the ministry’s director general for disease prevention and control, reported that all of the patients were male, lived in Jakarta, were typically between the ages of 25 and 29, and had never had a smallpox vaccination.
During a virtual press conference, Rondonuwu stated, “Some patients have comorbidities such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and hypertension.”
Rondonuwu noted that although all of the patients have mild symptoms, epidemiologists predict that if nothing is done, the number might increase to 3,600 every year.
For high-risk populations, the ministry is currently stepping up its efforts to vaccinate against monkeypox and promote healthy lifestyles. At least 157 of the 500 individuals the government hopes to immunize or 1,000 immunization doses have been administered thus far.
A rare disease called mpox, also called monkeypox, is brought on by an infection with the mpox virus. The virus that causes smallpox, the variola virus, is related to the virus that causes monkeypox. The symptoms of mpox are milder than those of smallpox, and the illness is rarely fatal. The chickenpox and mpox are unrelated.
In 1958, two epidemics of a disease resembling the pox occurred in colonies of laboratory monkeys, leading to the discovery of mpox. Even though the virus is recognized as the “Monkeypox virus,” its origin is still a mystery. Nonetheless, non-human primates (such as monkeys) and African rodents may carry the virus and spread it to humans.
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