WHO expert points out the main cause of monkeypox transmission
Outbreak monkey pox in North America and Europe is primarily sexually transmitted between men, with about 200 confirmed and suspected cases in dozens of countries, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said. know May 23rd.
An outbreak of monkeypox quickly spread throughout Europe and North America last week and is expected to spread further as more doctors pay attention to the signs and symptoms of monkeypox.
Two confirmed cases of monkeypox and one suspected case of monkeypox in the UK were reported to WHO just 10 days ago, the WHO said. The UK case is the first case of monkeypox this year outside of Africa. During the past 40 years, monkeypox virus has circulated at low levels outside of Africa.
“We have seen a few cases in Europe in the last 5 years, only in travelers, but this is the first time we have seen cases in multiple countries at the same time in people who have not been to endemic areas. disease in Africa,” said Dr. Rosamund Lewis, WHO’s smallpox research manager, during a Q&A broadcast on WHO’s social media channels.
According to the German military, European countries have confirmed dozens of cases of monkeypox, making it the largest ever outbreak of monkeypox on the continent. So far, the US and Canada both have at least 5 confirmed or suspected cases. Belgium has just introduced a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients.
WHO convenes emergency meeting over the weekend to look at the virus that causes monkeypox, identify those most at risk and study transmission of the virus. WHO is holding a second global meeting on monkeypox next week to delve deeper into the risks and available treatments for monkeypox.
Although the virus itself is not a sexually transmitted disease, the most recent increase in monkeypox cases appears to have been spread among men who have sex with other men. WHO officials point out, emphasizing that anyone can contract monkeypox.
The monkeypox virus is spread through close contact with people, animals, or materials that are infected with the virus. It enters the body through damaged skin, respiratory tract, eyes, nose and mouth. According to the US CDC, although person-to-person transmission also occurs by inhalation, that method requires long-term direct contact because droplets cannot travel more than a few meters.
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