Monkey pox: WHO issues warnings

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned of the spread of monkeypox around the world. Amid fears it will turn into a global pandemic wave. At a time when the international community is still facing the crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic. Health experts have expressed growing concern over the spread of monkeypox, stressing that the worst of the disease is yet to come.

The WHO has convened its relevant agencies for an emergency meeting to discuss how to deal with the monkeypox outbreak. It is planned that the Strategic Committee and the Advisory Group on Epidemiology will meet to discuss this. The WHO has recorded more than 100 cases outside of African countries. The infection is endemic in parts of West and Central Africa, some countries have experienced an outbreak of monkeypox in recent months.

“Monkey pox is often a self-limiting disease and most people recover from it within weeks without treatment,” said Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe. However, the disease can be more severe, especially in young children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people.

As noted by Dr. Kluge, hand washing in addition to other measures implemented during the pandemic (Covid-19) is also necessary. Reduce the transmission of infections in health care settings.

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The health organization said it was working closely with European countries that have reported cases of monkeypox. She added that there is an expert committee made up of scientists from around the world that is authorized to declare a state of public emergency in case the disease turns into a global pandemic wave. WHO is working with affected countries to determine the possible source of infection, how the virus is spreading and how to reduce transmission.

In the context of efforts to contain the spread of this virus, the head of the strategic and technical advisory group of the World Health Organization revealed, measures such as isolation and hygiene, as well as vaccination, can prevent virus infection. Adding that direct contact remains the main means of transmission.

Towards a development of the situation in Europe and the USA?

These recent cases and case reports in European countries “confirmed initial concerns that monkeypox could spread within communities”, said Susan Hopkins, medical adviser, chief at the UK Health Security Agency. .

As a senior US administration official explained, it is likely that more cases of monkeypox will be discovered in the United States in the coming days. He added that the risk to citizens is still low at present.

The World Health Organization has stated that there is no specific vaccine against monkeypox. However, information shows that vaccines used to prevent smallpox are up to 85% effective against it.

Monkeypox virus is mainly transmitted to humans by wild animals such as rodents and primates. It also spreads between humans through close contact – through infected skin lesions, exhaled droplets or bodily fluids.

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