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Africa isolated as Monkeypox spreads in Europe. Reports suggest disease might be sex-related

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Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, is gradually penetrating Europe and North America. Interestingly, the spread is not connected to Africa this time.

As the count of new cases of the virus increases in Europe with Germany being the latest of more than 100 cases, there is a rather strange pattern common with cases of Europeans who had contracted the disease.

Reuters reports that many of the cases are not linked to travel to the continent. As a result, the cause of this outbreak is unclear, although health authorities have said that there is potentially some degree of community spread.

In Britain, where 20 cases have been now confirmed, the UK Health Security Agency said the recent cases in the country were predominantly among men who self-identified as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.

The 14 cases in Portugal that were all detected in sexual health clinics are also in men who self-identify as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.

Spain is also not isolated, Health authorities in the country said 23 new cases were confirmed on Friday, mainly in the Madrid region where most infections were linked to an outbreak in an adult sauna.

According to Germany’s armed forces’ medical service, which detected its first case in the country on Friday, “With several confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal, this is the largest and most widespread outbreak of monkeypox ever seen in Europe.”

A medical jury is called to task to ascertain if the new cases in Europe are enough to link the disease with Sexual Transmitted Disease (STI), time and science will tell.

Stuart Neil, professor of virology at Kings College London said “the idea that there’s some sort of sexual transmission in this, I think, is a little bit of a stretch,”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak.

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What next? As US Secretary, Anthony Blinken, ends African tour

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The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has concluded three-nation tour of Africa where he articulated the US new strategy for engaging with sub-Saharan African nations as “equal partners”.

Blinken boarded Thursday a plane to leave Kigali, Rwanda, his last stop having visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and attempted to intervene in the diplomatic tension between the East African neighbours.

Despite having seek support from the continent’s 54 countries in efforts to isolate Russia over its Ukraine invasion, the US official in his recent visit said “Uncle Sam” will not dictate Africa’s choices.

Blinken took part in several meetings with members of the Rwandan government, discussing issues such as democracy, human rights concerns and the on-going tensions between Rwanda and the DRC.

“There are very credible reports of support for armed groups by all sides, including the FDLR, by Congolese forces and M23, by Rwandans, US’s top diplomat said. Our position is clear, whoever it’s by, whoever it’s to, that support needs to cease for any armed group.”

Despite a meeting between Kagame and Tshisekedi in Angola last month ties between the neighbors remain strained.

Blinken visit to Africa is the latest in the recent visits by international representatives. Recall  that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavlov and French President Emmanuel Macron’s travel recently visited. Ukraine also announced that its foreign minister will soon be visiting in a yet to be announced that.

 

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US wants Africa to isolate Russia but won’t force its decision – Secretary Blinken

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Despite having seek support from the continent’s 54 countries in efforts to isolate Russia over its Ukraine invasion, the United States says it will not dictate Africa’s choices.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said on Monday, while presenting a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa’s capital.

The presentation is part of a continental tour that will also take him to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

“Too often, African nations have been treated as instruments of other nations’ progress, rather than the authors of their own,” said Blinken. “They have been told to pick a side in great power contests that feel far removed from daily struggles of their people.”

The strategy document stressed the threats posed by China and Russia to the United States’ interest in this increasingly important region.

Africa has been at the centre of the Russian/Ukraine war, with the two European countries being power houses in the supply of grains and other staple, the war has lunched in an era of high food cost in developing countries, largely African countries.

The continent has had a contingent of international guest lately. Recall  that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavlov and French President Emmanuel Macron’s travel recently visited. Ukraine also announced that its Foreign minister will soon be visiting in a yet to be announced that.

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