Advice from the Algerian Pasteur Institute

The Algerian Pasteur Institute (IPA) called, on Sunday, to respect a number of barrier gestures and preventive measures against the monkeypox virus.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) expects to identify new cases of monkeypox worldwide, 92 cases have been confirmed and 28 more suspected cases in 12 countries where the virus is not endemic. In Algeria, fortunately no case has been detected so far.

As with the coronavirus, “barrier gestures can be helpful,” the IPA writes in an information note. These include, among others, wearing a mask in enclosed spaces, hand washing and social distancing.

The IPA also calls for “maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter from other people, especially if they are coughing, sneezing, or have a fever.”

A number of specific measures can also be taken to prevent infection with the monkeypox virus, the IPA adds. So the institute advises “to avoid any contact with animals likely to harbor the virus (particularly sick animals or animals found dead in areas where “monkeypox” is present),” to avoid any contact with materials, such as litter, who have been in contact with sick animal” and “to isolate infected patients from other people who may be at risk of infection.”

In addition, the IPA calls on citizens to “observe good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans,” wash their hands with soap and water or use a hydro-alcoholic solution, and “use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for the sick.”

On 7 May 2022, the first case of monkeypox virus in Europe was confirmed in an individual who had returned to England from Nigeria.

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Since then, UK health authorities have notified 09 confirmed cases and several countries have reported cases, including France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Canada and the United States.

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