from Monica Fabbri
May 20, 2022
Let’s hear from Massimo Arlotti
Covid was not enough, now the monkeypox. Three cases in two days only in Rome, all confirmed. They had no contact with each other: two recently returned from the Canary Islands, one from Vienna, they are not considered to be at risk, given that monkeypox is widespread above all in Africa. The three, “in fair condition” are in solitary confinement Spallanzani. Its Director Francesco Vaia he speaks of a “situation to be kept under control but which does not cause alarm”. “The virus will be isolated next week.” “The cases will grow, but it is not a contagious disease like the Coronavirus”, he reassures Guido Rasi, former director of the EMA. There is not only Italy. In Great Britain, another 11 cases have been announced, 20 in all those confirmed.
And then Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, the United States and Canada. “It is not a new disease” – says the infectious disease specialist Massimo Arlotti. He worries that it is spreading “through the channels that we are not used to considering “. To contain the infections, it is necessary to treasure the Covid lesson on the importance of tracking, “which becomes easier to carry out when there are not many cases”, declares Arlotti, referring to the Covid numbers that made it “useless as well as impossible”. “For this virus, however, it is essential because we need to understand which channels it is transmitted and which people are at risk, because these cases – he underlines – are not related to each other. So the transmission routes must be better identified “. “All these epidemics – he concludes – they are diseases that we contract from animals. By massacring their ecological niches and using them in a way that is not suited to their habits of life, unfortunately we expose ourselves to diseases that we did not know or that we knew but that did not spread in this way “. There is also talk of African swine fever, highly contagious and often lethal to animals, but not transmitted to humans. In the last month alone, over 117 new cases have been registered in Piedmont, Liguria and Lazio.
San Marino has also issued an ordinance with new control measures for the management of the wild pig population, handling and import bans, reporting obligations in the event of a carcass being found and above all a profound update of the biosecurity criteria for the ‘farm.