By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on a post from Thursday concerning media reports about monkeypox in Cameroon, the World Health Organization via the Cameroon Ministry of Health has provided additional details.


They state their has been two total cases and one death. The index case is a 13-month-old child from Tomba1 village, health area of Ayos Urbain, Ayos Health district, centre region, who consulted at Arche de Noé health center on 20 December 2019 with signs compatible with monkeypox.

The child was referred to the Regional Hospital annex of Ayos, then at Chantal Biya hospital on 24 and 26 December 2019 respectively. The child died on 2 January 2019. The second confirmed case is the mother of the dead child.

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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus. Monkeypox occurs throughout remote parts of Central and West Africa, often near tropical rain forests. People become infected with the monkeypox virus through contact with infected animals or humans (alive or dead) or with materials contaminated with the virus. Fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion are followed by a rash. Patients are usually ill for 2–4 weeks. Monkeypox is fatal in as many as 10% of people who get it.

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