Sudan detects 5 more cases of monkey pox out of concern

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CAIRO (TNZT) — Sudan announced five more cases of monkeypox on Tuesday, bringing the total to seven patients.

The health ministry said in a statement that the new cases were discovered in the capital Khartoum and the provinces of West Darfur, North Darfur and Kassala. The statement gave no further details.

Four of the seven cases discovered in the province so far have been in West Darfur, including the virus’s first patient.

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The health care system in Sudan has been the victim of protracted domestic conflict and recent political unrest, as well as international isolation. It would be difficult to handle a major outbreak of the new disease.

The virus originates from primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases may develop rashes and lesions on the face, hands, and other parts of the body.

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The smallpox-related disease was commonly found in parts of Central and West Africa before spreading to different parts of the world.

The World Health Organization declared monkey pox a global emergency in July, underscoring the seriousness of the outbreak.

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