Monkey pox is a disease of the same genus as smallpox and symptoms include a clear bumpy rash, fever, muscle aches and headache. Monkey pox is less deadly than smallpox, with a mortality rate of less than 4 percent, but experts are concerned about the unusual spread of the disease outside Africa, where it usually circulates.
The Belgian Institute of Tropical Medicine has said the risk of a major epidemic in the country is low, according to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, the Saudi Gazette.
On Twitter, microbiologist Emmanuel Andreresponsible for the COVID-19 national reference laboratory in Belgium on Saturday said the fourth case had been confirmed in the country.
“This patient is being treated in Wallonia and is linked to an incident in Antwerp where two other people became infected,” he tweeted, referring to a festival held in the port city in May.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a total of 92 confirmed cases were in 12 different countries and 28 suspected cases are under investigation. Cases of smallpox have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia, as reported by the Saudi Gazette.
On 7 May, a case of smallpox was confirmed in England in a patient who had recently traveled from Nigeria, according to the UK Health Security Agency.
On May 18, the U.S. Department of Public Health in Massachusetts confirmed one case of monkey pox virus infection in an adult man who had recently traveled to Canada.
Source: The Nordic Page