Monkey pox: is the risk of a pandemic ruled out? WHO responds

Monkey pox, or Monkeypox, is an infectious disease transmitted to humans by animals. The first cases detected date back to 1970, however, for almost a month, the virus has reappeared and the world has recorded several cases of infection.

After more than two years of pandemic, experienced at the rate of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Monkeypox is resurfacing. Indeed, since the beginning of May, monkey pox has announced its return, particularly in Europe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not fear the outbreak of a global pandemic following the spread of this virus outside the African continent. However, she urges vigilance.

“At the moment, we are not concerned about a global pandemic. It is still possible to stop this epidemic before it spreads”, said the WHO’s leading monkeypox expert, Rosamund Lewis.

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According to the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, “the advance of the monkeypox virus in Europe is due to the lifting of health restrictions linked to the Coronavirus pandemic”. The WHO expert estimated that “it was not certain that the spread of this virus could be contained”.

How to reduce the number of cases infected with Monkeypox?

Hans Kluge also explained that “an effective response to the spread of monkeypox does not require the same colossal measures as Covid-19”. And that comes down to the fact that Monkeypox spreads differently.

WHO experts still believe it is possible to stop the monkeypox virus before it spreads. “The risks to public health could rise if this virus affects the most vulnerable, such as young children”, explains the WHO again.

The WHO recommends vigilance through monitoring for symptoms of infection, such as fever, rash and muscle aches. But also the use of tests for people who are suspicious or have these symptoms.

Monkey pox: where is Algeria?

“So far, Algeria has not recorded any case of monkeypox infection,” said the director of the Pasteur Institute in Algeria (IPA), Faouzi Derrar, yesterday during his speech at the forum. “Yawmiyate Echaab”.

Faouzi Derrar confirmed “the availability of the IPA to face any emergency”. The same official noted “the acquisition of equipment to diagnose monkey pox infections”.

The Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, also expressed “the availability of medical personnel to deal with this virus”. Ensuring the use of vaccination if Monkeypox ever spreads widely in Algeria.

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