Brazilians have started poisoning MONKEYS over misplaced fears that they are to blame for growing monkeypox outbreak

Brazilians have started poisoning monkeys over misplaced fears they are to blame for the growing monkeypox outbreak. Brazilian news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in Sao Paulo state. Similar incidents were reported in other cities. Pictured: A monkey is seen in Brazil (file photo)


Brazilians have started poisoning monkeys over misplaced fears they are to blame for the growing monkeypox virus outbreak.
Local reports on Sunday said that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in Sao Paulo state.
The World Health Organization expressed sorrow on Tuesday for the killing of the animals in Brazil amid growing fears of contagion.
‘People have to know that the transmission we see now is among humans,’ said Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, during a press conference in Geneva.
Brazil counts more than 1,700 cases of monkeypox, according to the WHO.
The country’s health ministry confirmed one death related to the disease on July 29 – a man who had low immunity and comorbidities.
Contagion can take place from animals to humans, but the recent outbreak is related to human only contacts, according to Harris.
‘Any stigmatisation of any person infected is going to increase the transmission, because if people are afraid of identifying themselves as being infected, then they will not get care and will not take precautions,’ Harris said, the Guardian reported.
‘So do not stigmatise any animal or any human, because if you do do that, we will have a much larger outbreak.’
Brazil has a long register of attacks on monkeys during yellow fever outbreaks too.
Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 29,000 cases of monkeypox. The WHO classified the outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July.
Monkeypox is usually a mild to moderate infection that leads to flu-like symptoms and characteristic pus-filled skin lesions.
The viral disease has been endemic in parts of Africa for decades, and was first reported this year outside those countries in May.

Monkeypox patient says doctors misdiagnosed him then ‘made things worse’ by giving antibiotics that caused an allergic reaction

A man who had monkeypox said he developed an allergic reaction after doctors gave him the wrong medicine, thinking he had a totally different disease.
“Doctors were misdiagnosing me left and right,”  Jeffrey Todd told CBS news.
Todd described the experience as “emotionally distressing” and called for healthcare providers to be better informed about the management of the disease.
“It was too much of a wait, too much of a pause, too much indifference there,” he said.


Test tubes labelled “Monkeypox virus positive” are seen in this illustration taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Pimple that wasn’t a pimple

Todd had been documenting his monkeypox symptoms on TikTok. His video showing an inch-wide, scabbed-over lesion on his right cheek was widely viewed, attracting more than half a million likes.
He first became aware that he might have monkeypox when a pimple-like bump on his cheek started developing a red ring, he told CBS.
“It looked very much like a picture I had seen on the CDC website,” he said.
That night, he developed bumps on his arms and back, as well as body aches and shooting pains, per CBS.

“Misdiagnosing me left and right”

Though his doctor suspected monkeypox, Todd said he didn’t receive appropriate medical attention right away.
He said he didn’t receive results from his monkeypox test for nine days, in part because the sample had been mishandled.
In the meantime, “doctors were misdiagnosing me left and right,” looking for other explanations, he said.
This outbreak of monkeypox does not look exactly like the definition in medical textbooks, so doctors can easily mistake the rash for other diseases, as Insider previously reported. 


This is what happened in Todd’s case. A physician thought the symptoms could be due to a severe infection from a bacteria called staphylococcus.
He prescribed antibiotics, which would be effective against staphylococcus but useless against monkeypox, which is a virus.
Todd said he developed an allergic reaction to the antibiotics that “just made things worse.”

By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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