The monkeypox virus continues to spread around the world. There is also an increase in the number of cases in Turkey.
After the Cabinet meeting, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca answered the questions of journalists.
“So far, 5 patients with monkeypox have been detected in our country,” said Koca, adding, “Filiation was performed on these 5 patients and their immediate surroundings were isolated.”
Koca stated that 4 patients were discharged with full recovery, and one patient was in isolation.
IS THERE A PANDEMIC RISK?
Expressing that the patients are in good health and they do not have any problems, Koca also answered the question ‘Is there a risk of a pandemic’.
Stating that there is no endemic or global pandemic risk for Turkey, Koca explained the reason for this as ‘the transmission of the virus by very close contact and close and long-term contact in a closed environment’.
ONE MONTH WAS OVER THE FIRST CASE
The first case in Turkey was announced on 30 June. Making the announcement, Minister Koca said that the 37-year-old patient was isolated and treated.
NUMBER OF CASE WORLDWIDE
As of August 1, there are 23,620 cases of monkeypox virus worldwide. The number of countries where the virus is seen is 80.
REMINDER DOSE WARNING
Fahrettin Koca also had evaluations about the Covid epidemic.
Expressing that the first variants that emerged in the Covid-19 epidemic were stronger and more damaging, Koca underlined that the omicron variant was more contagious, but had a mild course in patients.
Minister Koca said, “I strongly recommend that reminder doses be made. In addition, we must protect our elderly citizens in particular,” he said.