Monkeypox or Monkeypox Worldwide, Indonesia Alert

Gencil News – VOA – Indonesia is still safe from an outbreak of monkeypox, or monkeypox. However, Indonesia needs to be vigilant because this disease has spread to many countries neighboring Indonesia.

The Ministry of Health announced monkeypox or monkeypox Not yet found in Indonesia. Health Ministry spokesman Mohamed Siahrel said: 9 suspect The one that was checked yesterday shows the result neglected Or not monkey pox. According to Cyril, the results were negative after a lab test.

“To this day, Indonesia has no confirmed, probable or suspected cases,” Syahrel said in an online press conference of the Indonesian Ministry of Health on the update on dealing with monkeypox in Indonesia, on Wednesday (27/7).

Furthermore, Siahrel explained that Indonesia was one of the countries that managed to get into Class 1, or the safe category based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the spread of monkeypox.

Last Saturday (23/7) the World Health Organization declared monkeypox an international public health emergency. So far, monkeypox has spread to 75 countries in the world, with a total of 17,156 positive cases, of which five patients died, and the mortality rate was 0-11%.

Monkeypox Farian Barrow

Internist in St. Monkeypox is a new mutation of an ancient type of smallpox endemic to Africa, said Carlos Salimba, Robert Cento.

Dr. Robert Sento as an expert in the development of monkeypox in Indonesia at an online press conference, Wednesday (27/7). Screenshot: VOA / Yudha Satriawan

“The current report already contains a new turning point compared to 2018 and 2019,” said Dr. Robert Cento, when answering VOA questions at the Department of Health press conference.

According to Robert, monkeypox is not actually a new disease like COVID-19, in fact it has become an epidemic in African countries and surrounding areas since 1970. It is concerning, there are differences in the clinical appearance of monkeypox that were reported in May 2022 with the species located in Africa in the 1970s.

Robert emphasized that monkeypox mutations may result in new variants and sub-variants. In fact, since May or after it was reported three months ago, nearly 50,000 new points of monkeypox mutations have been found that may develop into new variants.

“If you look at it, there are differences, this could be a new variant caused by a mutation,” he said.

There is no vaccine against monkeypox yet

The official spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Muhammad Siahrel, said that there are two vaccines used by a number of countries to prevent the spread of monkeypox. Currently, there is no monkeypox vaccination in Indonesia, because apart from vaccine availability, there is no approval from BPOM.

Health Ministry spokesman Muhammad Siahrel, when explaining the development of monkeypox in Indonesia in an online press conference, Wednesday (27/7).  Screenshot: VOA / Yudha Satriawan
Health Ministry spokesman Muhammad Siahrel, when explaining the development of monkeypox in Indonesia in an online press conference, Wednesday (27/7). Screenshot: VOA / Yudha Satriawan

The World Health Organization has not announced the need for mass vaccination. Currently, there are only two monkeypox vaccines that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, it is not currently approved in Indonesia by BPOM and is not yet available in Indonesia,” Syahril explained.

So far, the two neighboring countries of Indonesia, Singapore and Australia, have reported cases of monkeypox in their territories. Singapore has 6 cases, while Australia has 41.

The Health Monitoring and Quarantine Directorate of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Endang Budi Hasuti, said his party is tightening control over the entrances and exits of land, sea and air transport.

“We are strict about traveling abroad. We monitor using observations on symptoms. If his body temperature is monitored for fever, we will do a PCR and related interview,” Indang explained.

The symptoms of the Ministry of Health appear from those that have been reported starting with a high temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius, blisters or rashes on the skin, ulcers in the mouth, ulcers in the groin, difficulty eating and coughing. The incubation period for monkeypox has two periods, 0-5 days and then 1-3 days. monkeypox It will heal on its own within 3-4 weeks.

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