Health officials in the Republic of Congo have recorded more than 1,200 cases of monkey pox and 58 deaths since the beginning of this year.
The viral disease has spread to 19 provinces across the vast country, battling other diseases such as Ebola, measles and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medical experts say that most cases of monkey pox in the Congo have been recorded in the central, northern and northwestern parts of the country.
The epidemic has been raging in the northwestern region of Equateur in the northwestern part of 2020. The province is also battling an Ebola epidemic.
Monkey case in DRC:
Congolese doctors are working with international experts to find cases to prevent the disease from spreading.
Dr Chris Kacita says: “We now have 19 counties that have registered cases of Monkeypox. We are conducting research to strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals battling the disease in different provinces. The government has taken steps to stop the spread of the disease.
People traveling from the provinces are being screened for cases of monkey pox and the public has been urged to report suspected cases.
Scientists say the disease is transmitted to humans from wild animals.
The first case of Monkeypox was discovered in the DRC in 1970.
The disease is common in forestry areas in Central and West Africa.
However, several cases of monkey pox have recently been reported in North America and Europe.
The World Health Organization says that the identification of confirmed cases without direct travel links with local countries is a very unusual event.
Symptoms of the disease include headache, fever and rash.
Health professionals have stepped up surveillance and vaccination campaigns against Monkeypox in the wake of the pandemic. -Reporting by Chris Ocamringa in Kinshasa
DRC records 1,200 cases of monkey flu, with 58 deaths since early 2022 – SABC News
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