Dr Derval Igoe, Interim Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre
The Chair of the HSE’s Monkeypox Incident Management Team has said it is possible that cases of monkeypox will be seen in Ireland and an incident management team has been established to ensure the country is fully prepared for that eventuality https://t.co/Y6PyDPag14
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 23, 2022
Via RTÉ News:
The Chair of the HSE’s Monkeypox Incident Management Team has said it is possible that cases of monkeypox will be seen in Ireland and an incident management team has been established to ensure that the country is fully prepared for that eventuality.
Dr Derval Igoe, Interim Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said cases that are currently been seen in Europe are arising without a link to Africa, where cases ordinarily occur.
Dr Igoe said many expert groups were working on the best ways to monitor the disease and spread awareness of it.
“We do have a lot of a lot of different professional groups working on this,” she said.
“We have our sexual health and infectious disease experts in the hospitals, also our national isolation unit, the virus reference lab, national immunisation office and the Department of Health.
“We are also working with Gay Heath Network to make sure the messages are delivered in a suitable way to the populations we know are seeing cases of this virus.”
One person who was present at both Event 201 and the Monkeypox simulation is George Fu Gao, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control. At event 201, Gao specifically raised the point of countering “misinformation” during a “hypothetical” coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/1gAIo08W6E
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Via The National Pulse:
The Wuhan Institute of Virology assembled a monkeypox virus genome, allowing the virus to be identified through PCR tests, using a method researchers flagged for potentially creating a “contagious pathogen”.
The study was first published in February 2022, just months before the latest international outbreak of monkeypox cases which appear to have now reached the United States.
The paper, which was authored by nine Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers and published in the lab’s quarterly scientific journal Virologica Sinica, also follows the wide-scale use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to identify COVID-19-positive individuals.
See what they are doing. Removing news reports. Monkey Pox outbreaks in Britain in 2018,2019, 2021 and again 2022 pic.twitter.com/aGBSQzdRnZ
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