Monkeypox, first case in Turin

Monkeypox, in English: monkeypox, was the first case diagnosed in Turin. The report refers to a 46-year-old man, who holds Italian citizenship and resides in the city, who returned from Portugal last Sunday. To make it suspicious, the skin lesion is symptom-specific to the virus, which in signs and symptoms are similar to those of smallpox. Hence the episode at the Multidisciplinary Center for Sexual Health at the Eye Hospital, in Guevara Road. After that, the virus was isolated in the laboratories of another hospital, Amedeo di Savoia in Turin, a reference center for infectious diseases. To our knowledge, the person in question does not present any particular health problems, so much so that it was not necessary to arrange his admission to hospital: he is currently in isolation in his home.

the disease

The disease, first observed in 1958 in monkeys, is a zoonotic disease that has been observed, intermittently, in some African villages, especially in the Congo and to a lesser extent in Sudan, but has stabilized in recent months. Europe: Also due to poor coverage of smallpox vaccination, according to experts, which was suspended years ago after the eradication of smallpox (in Italy, the obligation to vaccinate all newborns against smallpox was suspended in 1977 and abolished in 1981).

Landing in Europe

On 6 May 2022, the first case of monkeypox was confirmed in a man from a trip to Nigeria in the United Kingdom. Between May and June, the first cases were also confirmed in Italy: in Lazio, Tuscany and Lombardy. According to the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 219 confirmed cases in countries where this disease is not endemic, distributed in 19 states located in three regions of the world, most of them in Europe.

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