The World Health Organization on Tuesday expressed grief over the killing of monkeys amid fears of monkeypox in Brazil. Brazil's news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys have been poisoned in less than a week in the city of So Jose do Rio Preto in the state of So Paulo. Similar incidents have happened in other cities as well.
During a press conference in Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, 'People need to know that the infection we are seeing now spreading is between humans.'
According to the WHO, there are more than 1,700 cases of monkeypox in Brazil. The country's health ministry confirmed one death related to the disease on 29 July.
The victim was a person who had low immunity and had more than one serious illness.
According to Harris, the infection can be transmitted from animals to humans, but recent outbreaks have only been related to human contact. 'People certainly should not attack animals.'
There have also been attacks on monkeys during the outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. Since May, more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in nearly 90 countries.
World Health Organization alert
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox is a rare disease. Its infection can be serious in some cases. There are two strains of this virus – the first Congo strain and the second West African strain. Both prey on children younger than five years. The Congo strain has a mortality rate of 10 percent and the West African strain has a mortality rate of one percent. West African strain has been confirmed in the UK. According to the WHO, the symptoms of monkeypox can appear from the 5th day to the 21st day of infection. Its initial symptoms are like the flu. These include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, shivering, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. After this, the rash starts to appear on the face, which also spreads to other parts of the body. During infection, this rash goes through many changes and eventually falls off as a scab like chickenpox.