By Anna Ellis • 01 June 2022 • 13:18
Spain confirms 12 more monkeypox cases. Credit Wikimedia
The Spanish Ministry of Health confirmed 12 new monkeypox cases, raising the total caseload to 132, June 1
Spain, followed by Britain, becomes the country with the most detected cases of the disease in the current outbreak, according to Ani News.
Although the Spanish Health Ministry did not detail the origin of the positive cases, at least 96 were from the Madrid Region, while six are from the Canary Islands, nine from Catalonia, three from the Basque region, four from Andalusia and one each from Aragon and Galicia
All of the patients are reported to suffer from mild symptoms and are being isolated at home.
If you get infected with monkeypox, it usually takes between 5 and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear.
The first symptoms of monkeypox include: a high temperature, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen glands, shivering (chills) and exhaustion
A rash usually appears 1 to 5 days after the first symptoms. The rash often begins on the face, and then spreads to other parts of the body. This can include the genitals.
The rash is sometimes confused with chickenpox. It starts as raised spots, which turn into small blisters filled with fluid. These blisters eventually form scabs which later fall off.
The symptoms usually clear up in a few weeks.
Monkeypox can be caught from infected rodents (such as rats, mice and squirrels) in parts of west and central Africa.
You can catch monkeypox from an infected animal if you’re bitten or you touch its blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs.
It may also be possible to catch monkeypox by eating meat from an infected animal from central or west Africa that has not been cooked thoroughly, or by touching other products from infected animals (such as animal skin or fur).
Monkeypox can also spread from person to person through: touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash, touching monkeypox skin blisters or scabs (including during sex) and the coughs or sneezes of a person with the monkeypox rash.
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