For the past two weeks, several countries have seen some rare cases of the monkeypox virus among their citizens. Now, Australian authorities have identified a probable case of monkeypox in Sydney.
According to the local news reports and as published by Al Jazeera, the man is under the radar of Australian health authorities. The man has recently returned from Europe.
According to the New South Wales state health department, the man is in his 40s and developed a mild illness after arriving from Europe. As the monkeypox is spreading in many western nations, the man has been isolated at his home and is under observation, authorities said.
The virus is affecting men more. Healthcare authorities suspect that the infections may have occurred through sexual contact. In this instance, it is believed to be among gay or bisexual men.
Monkeypox was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s. According to health experts, monkeypox is similar to smallpox but milder. Patients usually recover in a few weeks after contact with the virus. It’s symptoms include headaches, fever, and rashes.
The NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says that the health officials in the state have taken strict steps to contain and manage monkeypox cases in the state and have also raised some clinical alerts to the healthcare workers, Al Jazeera reports.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released more information about the virus. According to the US federal agency, anyone can spread the virus through contact with body fluids or by using shared items like clothes. Also, the virus on the surfaces can be killed by using household disinfectants.