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Pontiano Kaleebu of Uganda Virus Research Institute

No Confirmed case of Monkey Fox in Uganda, Says UVRI Boss

by Max Pat
posted onJuly 1, 2022

There is no confirmed case of the deadly monkey fox virus in Uganda, the director of Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has confirmed.

Pontiano Kaleebu, UVRI director in a Friday tweet confirmed that monkey fox virus that has spread to several countries in Europe, has not yet been detected in Uganda after suspected cases turned out negative.

“The samples from the 24 individuals suspected to have monkey pox in Uganda all tested negative. There is no confirmed monkey pox case in Uganda at the moment,” Kaleebu said.

He however warned of the resurgence of COVID-19 virus especially the omicron variant which he says is still dominant.

“SARS-COV-2 surveillance remains an important activity. The Omicron variant continues to be dominant especially BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2.31 and BA.5. We have also reported recombinants within Omicron and Delta. I would like to thank the surveillance team and the scientists who are contributing to this cause,” he tweeted.

What started as one unusual case of monkeypox has now spread to several countries, with many cases having no link to Central or Western Africa where the disease is endemic. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent estimates from 21 May 2022 indicate that there are around 100 cases in 12 non-endemic countries, though there could be around 300 confirmed or suspected cases in 16 non-endemic countries.

About monkey fox

• Monkeypox is caused by monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

• It is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks. Severe cases can occur. In recent times, the case fatality ratio has been around 3–6%.

• Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus.

Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.

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