Ethiopia-Health- monkeypox

Three new cases of monkeypox confirmed in Sudan

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Three new cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in a camp for Ethiopian refugees in eastern Sudan.

According to information reaching APA on Monday,  the new cases of the viral disease were identified in Tunaydbah camp which has hosted Ethiopian refugees since January 2021.

The Tunaydbah camp, which is located in the western part of Gedaref, hosts more than 24,890 refugees, according to the statistics of the refugee commission.

The suspects are confined in the camp to prevent the spread of the disease to the other areas in Gederaf state, particularly the Tunaydbah town located five km from the camp.

APA also learned that the authorities have started implementing health measures including environmental sanitation, control of entry to the camp, and campaigns to raise awareness among the refugees about the dangers of contracting the disease and how to protect themselves.

According to the World Health Organization, Monkeypox spreads through close contact with a contaminated person, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth, or mouth-to-skin contact.

The Ministry of Health in Gedaref was quoted as saying that it had received reports of 60 suspected cases from a humanitarian group in the camp. In addition, there are two suspected cases in Um Rakuba camp where there are over 21,000 refugees.


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