Japan monkeypox cases top 100


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The Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo reports that the country’s total cases of monkeypox, or smallpox, has surpassed 100, with 102 cases reported as of April 19.

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The last case, not included in the national total above, was reported on Kanagawa Prefecture On April 21, the county’s second issue. The patient is a man in his 30s with no history of overseas travel. He showed symptoms of fever, rash, and anal pain.

His condition is stable.

On July 25, 2022, the first case of monkeypox in Japan was reported in Tokyo. Japan reported only eight cases in 2022.

Monkeypox is an acute invasive disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Rodents such as squirrels that live on the African continent are natural hosts, and infection has been confirmed by the bite of an infected animal or contact with infected blood, body fluids, or skin lesions (rash area). animal. Mainly contact with skin lesions, body fluids or blood of an infected person or animal (including sexual contact), face-to-face contact with the patient and exposure to droplets for a long period of time, bedding used by the patient, etc. .

The incubation period for monkeypox is 6 to 13 days (maximum 5 to 21 days). The rash appears after 3 days and resolves within 2 to 4 weeks after appearance.

If you have a fever, rash, etc., consult a nearby medical institution and take basic infection control measures such as hand disinfection.

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