Poland has recorded its first ever case of monkeypox, the well being ministry has confirmed. Since an outbreak of the virus – which is often confined to Central and West Africa – started in the UK in early Might it has unfold to not less than 30 international locations.
Poland has “had about ten suspected [cases] of monkeypox”, stated well being minister Adam Niedzielski immediately. “The samples are being examined. 10 June is the day when we have now our first [confirmed] case.”
The affected person is at the moment in isolation in hospital at an undisclosed location and has been questioned by the well being authorities. Well being ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz instructed the Wirtualna Polska information service that “the affected person is just not a Polish citizen”.
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“We’re in no hazard, there is no such thing as a epidemic, no trigger for concern,” added Andrusiewicz.
Final month, as instances of monkeypox unfold round Europe, the Polish well being ministry launched new rules protecting the illness, which beforehand had by no means been current in Poland and was due to this fact not included within the official checklist of infectious ailments.
Among the many new guidelines is a requirement for medics to tell native sanitary authorities of any suspected or confirmed instances of monkeypox. Anybody with a suspected or confirmed case should be hospitalised, and those that have had contact with it face 21 days of quarantine.
Anybody confirmed as or suspected of getting monkeypox should be hospitalised and anybody uncovered to the virus should be quarantined for 21 days below new guidelines launched immediately by the well being minister.
Poland has up to now not recorded any instances of the illness https://t.co/lNXvUaJ7ay
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Yesterday, the World Well being Organisation introduced that 1,000 instances of the virus have been detected in international locations the place it’s usually nonendemic. They’ve been “reported primarily, however not solely, amongst males who’ve intercourse with males”, famous WHO.
It warned of a “threat of monkeypox changing into established in nonendemic international locations”, but in addition famous that up to now there have been no deaths reported in connection to the outbreak of the illness.
Monkeypox is normally a gentle sickness that sufferers get well from inside a couple of weeks. Nonetheless, some instances will be extreme, and well being authorities warn that pregnant girls and immunocompromised persons are particularly in danger.
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Daniel Tilles is editor-in-chief of Notes from Poland. He has written on Polish affairs for a variety of publications, together with Overseas Coverage, POLITICO Europe, EUobserver and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.