Malawi allays Monkey pox fears

Monkey pox

Malawi's Ministry of Health has allayed fears that the country might have registered its first Monkey pox case.

This after Chiradzulu District Hospital sent samples to Lilongwe from a suspected Monkey pox patient who died Friday morning.

A report from the hospital, said the patient presented with painful rash all over the body with itchy and burning sensation.

The rash started from the head and spread to all parts of the body. The patient also had fever, and body pains and back pains and was admitted on Wednesday in the Isolation ward. Hospital officials suspected Monkey Pox. The man, 48, died on Friday.

The Ministry of Health, then investigated the case using WHO recommended techniques and expert opinion form Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).

"This is not a case of Monkey Pox but Varicella disease which affects the brain, skin, liver and lungs and is caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox and shingles.

"The patient had not traveled outside Malawi and neither had been in contact with any known case of Monkey pox," said the Ministry in a statement.

The Ministry further says it will carry out further investigations to come up with a definitive position.

Monkey pox is a rare disease caused by infection with the Monkey pox virus, with symptoms including rashes, fever, headaches, muscle ache, swelling and backpain

It is typically endemic to Central and West African countries, but the recent outbreak across North America, Europe and Australia has confounded health professionals and raised fears of community spread.

As of Monday, 1,019 confirmed and suspected cases of Monkey pox have been reported in 29 countries, according to the CDC. The U.K. has recorded the most cases by far, with 302 suspected and confirmed infections. It is followed by Spain with 198, Portugal with 153 and Canada with 80.

 

Chisomo Ngulube

A Malawian journalist who for the past 15 years has produced content for print, television, radio and digital media. She likes to focus on business, development and sports stories, particularly as they affect women. Email: cngulube@kulinji.com

Twitter:@chisokay

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