Nov 29, 2022

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Tanzania issues precautionary notice over monkeypox as cases rise in Europe

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health issued an alert about monkeypox disease, which is affecting various countries in Africa and around the world.

On Wednesday, the ministry shared a poster with information about the disease’s symptoms and also urged the public to exercise caution.

Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, and muscle and body aches. The Department of Health has urged anyone with these symptoms to go to health centers for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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No case of the disease has been reported in Tanzania, but cases have been reported in Europe in recent weeks, with the World Health Organization (WHO) sounding the alarm at rising cases of monkeypox around the world.< /p> p>

Tanzania’s Deputy Health Minister Godwin Mollel said in a statement that the public must take precautions against monkeypox and other infectious diseases.

“Tanzania, however, has no monkeypox patients. Members of the public are cautioned not to touch [or] eat sick animals or carcasses, as well as to avoid anything that has been used by a sick animal,” said Dr. Mollel.

The Ministry of Health is sticking to keeping an eye on infectious disease trends and taking strict measures, including screening travelers entering Tanzania, to protect local residents.

The ministry is also monitoring key trends in infectious diseases through community-level information sharing and raising awareness of preventive measures, including personal hygiene and general cleanliness, added Dr. Mollel added.

Monkeypox is endemic to West and Central Africa, with many infections reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a close neighbor of Tanzania and a recently admitted new member of the East African Community.

Monkeypox infections outside of Africa have been linked to international travel and imported animals.

The WHO says the monkeypox virus is transmitted through close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated items, including clothing and bedding , is transmitted.

This disease is usually self-limiting but can be serious in some individuals, such as children, pregnant women, or those with immunosuppression due to other health conditions, according to the WHO in its report.

On May 16, 2022, the WHO announced the outbreak of monkeypox in England, with the UK total until May 24, 2022 t reported 78 cases.