KinshasaHealth – Already confronted with measles, the population of Kibombo in Maniema is facing the Monkey Pox which is already causing deaths.
A measles-like Monkey Pox disease threatens the Kibombo population in Maniema province.
The provincial Minister of Health, Kibungi Mutanga, who announced this information on Monday, explained: “According to the investigations, it seems that there is a hunter who brought game that is to say a dead monkey who had eruptions and once the inhabitants had consumed this dead monkey there was now the appearance of phenomena which they did not understand; generalized rash so pimples all over the body as well as fever and people started to die little by little ”.
One hundred and nineteen cases, including nineteen deaths have been identified since November 4 in the village of Wanga, in the health area of Weta, in the territory of Kibombo since November 4, he said.
For this member of the Provincial Executive of Maniema who recognizes that his province is also facing the measles epidemic which has already affected the health zones of Kunda, Kasongo and Lusangi, we must wait for the results of the laboratory to confirm or not if it is Monkey Pox. Hence, faced with all these two diseases, he invites the DRC’s partners to come to the aid of its population.
Confirming also that no case of Monkey Pox has been recorded for two days in this health zone, he warns, however, that every day cases of measles are recorded. From where does he estimate: “Really there is need that the providers return to treat the population and for the partners it is to come to our assistance. Without the partners, the province is unable to overcome these problems.
According to msdmanuals.com, simian pox, a rare disease, is caused by the simian pox virus (monkeypox) which is structurally related to the smallpox virus and causes a similar, but less severe disease.
The simian pox virus, along with the smallpox virus, is part of the orthopoxvirus group, adds the same source, which notes that “Despite its name, non-human primates are not reservoirs for the simian pox virus. Although the reservoir is unknown, the main candidates are small rodents (eg squirrels) in the tropical forests of Africa, mainly in West and Central Africa ”.
Human disease is observed in Africa sporadically and sometimes endemic. Most of the reported cases have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 2016, confirmed cases have also been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Nigeria, which has experienced the largest recent epidemic, specifies msdmanuals.com which also notes that An increase recent 20-fold incidence is believed to be due to the cessation of smallpox vaccination in 1980; people who received the smallpox vaccine even 25 years ago have a reduced risk of simian pox. The cases of simian pox in Africa are also increasing because the population encroaches more and more on the habitats of animals carrying the virus ”.
(BTT / PKF)