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Just when you'd had enough of viral diseases, there's another one on the horizon to threaten your health. Now, certainly isn't a second pandemic, but, it is contagious. The virus is called Monkey pox isn't new at all, it's been around since the 50s.

What's new, however, is a multi-country outbreak in non-endemic countries, that in the last few weeks has seen the disease pop up in patients from the UK to Argentina, even appearing now in Belize's neighbor, Mexico.

And while there has been no public health communication on this from the Ministry of Health - there is cause for concern in Belize. Earlier this week our Sunup hosts got the low down on the disease from internist Dr Jorge Hidalgo. Here's what he told us:

Dr. Jorge Hidalgo
"To start just to share with you guys that this is not a new disease actually the first case was discovered in 1958 and essentially within researcher monkeys. The first human case was in 1970 in a child and most of the time or most of the cases on monkey pox are essentially located in Central and West Africa meaning that it's not very common and actually the first cases that were reported out of Africa and the — was in 2003 in the U.S. and essentially the way that happened is that they had some imported animals from Ghana, some prairie dogs and then the people could in contact with them, fed them and those animals were infected and then we have another case in 2021 in Texas but what is different now is that we have this outbreak that started in April 29th in the UK and from then, then we've had several cases in the UK, Spain , Portugal, —, then moved to the U.S., Canada. We have a case confirmed in Mexico and in Argentina and by yesterday we have over 500 cases reported around the globe and that's the difference right now that this is moving fast in different countries. This is a condition that is transmitted in many ways mainly with the contact with secretions with contact with the lesions that the people have especially when we are going to talk about the symptoms when we have the breakouts and if we get in contact with those lesions then that's also a way of contagion. If someone is engaging in intimate sexual intercourse then it's a way of transmission and also even if you have contact with towels and linens then you can also contract it and if someone gets in contact with this contaminated linens and towels, huh."

Previous cases of Monkey pox in the UK had been either imported from countries where monkey pox is endemic or had contacts with documented epidemiological links to imported cases.

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Monkeypox can cause a range of signs and symptoms. Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include people who are pregnant, children and persons that are immunocompromised. Be on the lookout for these signs of monkeypox.

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