While the smallpox epidemic has spread rapidly in many countries, the US stands out as one of the countries with a high number of cases … While the first case was reported in the US in mid-May, it turned out that the doctor who found and diagnosed the patient was a Turkish scientist Nesli Başgöz. Dr. Başgöz spoke about his experiences.
Monkeypox disease, which is common in the tropics of Central and West Africa but has recently been reported in dozens of countries, notably the United States, Canada, England and Spain, continues to spread rapidly.
In the United States, the first case was detected in mid-May, with the first patient in the country to diagnose him being the clinical director and deputy chief of the Infectious Diseases Department at Massachusetts Hospital, Dr. His generation became Başgöz.
Dr. Başgöz said he met the patient on May 12, but the man across from him was a mystery. In an interview with the Boston Globe newspaper, Başgöz and his team referred the patient to Dr. He said they got it from Benjamin Davis and were worried that the patient’s health was deteriorating.
Başgöz said the man had symptoms such as high fever, sweating, swollen lymph nodes and itching, but the tests did not show any results. The infection can affect any organ in the body. Sometimes the immune system can even mimic the infection. “An infectious disease specialist must understand the human body and what causes the symptoms.”
Başgöz says, “Detective work begins when you listen carefully to the person in front of you and let them tell their stories. This patient told me that she had sexual intercourse with men and stated that she had fallen ill after returning from Canada.
FOUND AFTER 5 DAYS
Başgöz said he had been testing the patient for several days and continued the investigation, saying: “The disease had symptoms similar to chickenpox, but the disease has not been observed since the 1980s. Plus, if it was a disease, a man could be worse off. On May 17, I started researching smallpox viruses. And suddenly I found the biggest clue. Four cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United Kingdom. None of the patients were there in Africa and all claimed to be gay or bisexual. When I saw him, I said ‘aha’.
When he gathered this information, Dr. Başgöz also said that he immediately called the authorities and communicated the situation to his superiors. He said the patient with Başgöz was released on May 20 and was in good health.