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The doctor who found the first case of monkeypox tried to warn the world


Almost five years after the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared the monkey pox public health emergency of an international concern, a doctor in Nigeria had already alerted the world to the risks of the current situation.

It’s about the doctor Dime Ogoina, that in September 2017 he treated an 11-year-old boy who presented a rash of unknown origin Y sores in the mouth. after discarding smallpox because the little boy had already passed it, the doctor decided to send samples to Senegal and the United States, given the limitations of his own country, to check the origin of the pathology. And the results confirmed that it was the first case of monkeypox in Nigeria in 38 years.


Thereafter, during the following weeks the infections began to proliferate the whole country, beyond the rural areas, arousing the fears of Ogoina, who tried to warn colleagues around the world of the need to take action for prevent the spread of monkeypox.

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The reality is that it was not until nearly five years after the measures that he called for were adopted, already with the officially declared outbreak at least 78 countries.

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