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Monkeypox on increase as Morocco discovers 3 suspected cases

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The recent outbreak of Monkeypox which has been more pronounced in Europe has stretched into Africa. Morocco on Monday said it has discovered three suspected cases of the virus.

The health ministry in the North African country made the announcement on Monday.

Coordinator of the National Centre for Emergency Public Health Operations, Dr. Mouad Mrabet, in a statement said medical tests were underway and that the results would be known “soon”.

Monkeypox, which was eradicated some 40 years ago, has suddenly appeared in recent weeks in countries where it is normally only very rare: Europe and North America.

As at last week, the virus was rampaging in Europe with more than 100 cases but with a rather strange pattern common with cases of Europeans who had contracted the disease. Most of the cases in Europe had sexual peculiarities.

The Ministry of Health in Morocco is yet to comment if the discovered cases suggest any sexual connotation like 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).

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

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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