Monkeypox confirmed in Canaries

As I posted HERE a few days ago, monkeypox is spreading in Spain, and now the one suspected case in Gran Canaria has been confirmed. Sanidad has also reported that five other cases have been under investigation in these islands, three considered probable, one suspected, and one just today confirmed not to be the condition. Samples from the four patients thought to be suffering from monkeypox have been sent to the Centro Nacional de Microbiología for confirmation but Sanidad says that they all, and the one confirmed case, are progressing favourably.

Monkeypox is said to be spreading at an unusual pace, but is rarely fatal even though extremely uncomfortable, disturbing and distressing. It also appears to be an “unusual” strain and its specific potential effects are still being studied, as is the increasing suspicion among virologists that the illness is airborne. Monkeypox symptoms are flu-like, and there is a very distinctive rash often differing from most other rashes by vesicles (fluid-filled blister-like cell swellings) on the hands. Anyone concerned should see a doctor as soon as possible and, epidemiologists say, keep wearing a mask where possible.