WHO registers more than a thousand cases of monkeypox in 29 countries | News

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported this Wednesday that more than a thousand confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported in 29 countries outside the African continent, and in some a community transmission is reported.

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At a press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that “more than a thousand confirmed cases of monkeypox have now been reported to the WHO in 29 countries that are not endemic for the disease. So far, No deaths have been reported in these countries.”

The official urged countries to focus on the identification of cases and contacts of these to stop the outbreak and prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, he suggested that symptomatic people remain in isolation.

“The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real. WHO is particularly concerned about the risks of this virus to vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant women,” the director-general said.



On the other hand, he indicated that the WHO is working on the development of a mechanism to equitably distribute supplies that help fight the disease, given the limited availability of approved antivirals and vaccines.

Although the WHO does not yet recommend mass vaccination against the pathogen, where vaccines are available, they are used to protect those who may be exposed to the virus, such as health workers and laboratory personnel.

The WHO director also lamented that it is now that the international community begins to pay attention to monkeypox, after cases have been reported in high-income countries, while it has circulated and claimed lives in Africa since the 1970s.



In turn, the technical director of the WHO for monkeypox, Rosamund Lewis, noted that “close interpersonal contact” was the main way for this virus to spread, so the entity has recommended that health personnel use a mask when caring for patients with this disease.

Monkeypox is a disease transmissible from animals to humans, and first appeared in West and Central African nations. Its symptoms include fever and red skin rash.

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