Monkeypox, about twenty people from Bergamo infected (but it’s not an emergency)

Fifteen thousand cases have been diagnosed in the world. 252 in Lombardy alone and about twenty in Bergamo. The monkeypox epidemic is progressing: it’s not serious nor even an urgent emergency (as it was Covid, at the time), but it’s worrying. Therefore, the Territory’s General Directorate of Welfare has set up a coordination unit to monitor the progress of the epidemic and prepare all practical indications for the prevention of monkeypox infection.

In Pope John there are twelve cases that have been diagnosed and confirmed, but have not been hospitalized. There are eight other Bergamo people in different buildings, mainly in the Milan area. Symptoms are the same for everyone: fever, headache, muscle aches, lesions and rashes. It usually lasts two to four weeks and goes away on its own, but hospital treatment is required in special cases. As for transmissibility, it is wrong to refer to it simply as a “sexually transmitted disease”.

The virus is transmitted, as reported by the Ministry of Health portal, through “close contact with symptoms”. Rashes, body fluids, and crusts are particularly contagious and in the case of mouth sores or ulcers the virus can also spread through saliva or droplets (respiratory droplets) if prolonged face-to-face contact occurs. It can be transmitted by direct contact between infections during sexual activities, but an infected person’s clothes, bedding, towels, or dishes that are contaminated with the virus can also infect others.

Once diagnosed, make it clear Marco Rizzi – Director of Infectious Diseases at Counselor Papa Giovanni XXIII – Interview by Eco BergamoPeople should stay in isolation at home and only go out when absolutely necessary. An epidemiological investigation is then carried out on the contacts to identify other people who could have been infected without their knowledge. Everything happens at home and the hospital, in agreement with Ats, is in contact with the infected to ascertain the course of the disease.

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Next week, the first supply of vaccines will reach the Lombard network of centers for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, which will be given mainly to people at high risk of infection.

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