VIRUS HERE Ireland’s first case of monkeypox confirmed as HSE investigate second suspected case
It has been verified that IRELAND has seen its first case of monkeypox.
Wild animals in certain west or central Africa regions are the primary carriers of the extremely rare disease.
According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, a person who lives in the eastern part of the country has been found to be infected with the tropical virus.
They have not been admitted to the hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking into a possible case as well.
Teams dedicated to public health are currently conducting follow-ups with people who were in close contact with the confirmed case.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed the first occurrence this morning and added “vaccines are coming.”
He told Newstalk’s Anton Savage Show, “We have a confirmed case in the east.”
“The HSE possesses a third-generation smallpox vaccine. Now arriving.
We have NIAC’s recommendations on how to deploy them.
“New vaccinations… Fewer than 200 cases have been hospitalized throughout Europe.
“I’m told that’s where immunocompromised folks were.”
Donnelly said healthcare workers treating monkeypox patients will get immunizations.
“[Vaccines] will be offered to healthcare staff who work with monkeypox patients, and high-risk close contacts of a given case may also be offered the vaccination,” he added.
“As you mentioned, Anton, it’s not airborne or readily captured. Using conventional PPE and clinical procedures is the main line of defense.”
According to the WHO, infection symptoms include fever, back discomfort, muscle soreness, lymph node swelling, and fatigue.
Three days after fever, “skin eruptions” began.
Developed rash. It’s mostly on the face and extremities.
The rash begins as flat lesions, then becomes slightly elevated, firm lesions, then fluid-filled lesions.
Clear fluid turns yellow, and crusts dry and break off.
Few to several thousand lesions per infection.