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Potential Pandemic? New Mpox Strain Found in Central Africa

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AP Newsis

Experts have issued warnings about the potential global spread of a more dangerous variant of Monkeypox (Mpox), known as Clade 1b, which is considered more severe than the original strain.

On the 25th, Sky News in the U.K. reported that researchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have called for countermeasures as Clade 1b, a variant of Mpox with more severe symptoms and a higher fatality rate than the original strain, is spreading.

Unfortunately, the Clade 1b, a variant spreads easily through human contact.

First identified in September among sex workers in Kamituga, a mining area in the DRC, there have been 1,000 confirmed cases in the southern Kivu region. The first case of infection in Goma, a border region with Rwanda, was reported on the 24th.

Although the virus is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, infections have also occurred in household settings, including among school-aged children, raising concerns about its easy transmission.

The fatality rate of Clade 1b is estimated to be 10% for children and 5% for adults.

An official from the University of Rwanda stated, “There’s no doubt that Clade 1b is the most dangerous variant of Mpox,” stressing the need for support and preparedness.

To date, most deaths from Mpox have been due to infections from the early Clade 2 variant, primarily affecting homosexual and bisexual men in 2022.

According to Sky News, nearly 4,000 people in the U.K. and 97,000 worldwide have been infected, with most experiencing mild symptoms, resulting in a mortality rate of less than 0.5%.

In response, international health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are reportedly planning emergency vaccinations in the southern Kivu region of the DRC.

Daniel Kim
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