Monkeypox in DRC. 600 cases in 6 weeks.

In the paste 6 weeks, the WHO has reported an additional 629 cases of Monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There have also been six additional monkeypox fatalities reported. 

From the beginning of the year through to August 8th, 2,523 cases have been reported with 66 deaths. In 2020, there were a total of 6,257 suspected cases including 229 deaths (CFR 3.7%) were reported in 133 health zones from 17 out of 26 provinces in the country.

Monkeypox, a rare zoonosis that occurs sporadically in forested areas of Central and West Africa, is an orthopoxvirus that can cause fatal illness. The disease manifestations are similar to human smallpox (eradicated since 1980), however human monkeypox is less severe. The disease is self-limiting with symptoms usually resolving within 14–21 days. Treatment is supportive.

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