Speaking at a press conference in Geneva (Switzerland), WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in fact there are more than 1,400 suspected cases of the disease. monkey pox this year in Africa and 66 deaths. However, the international community only noticed monkeypox when the disease appeared in high-income countries.
While acknowledging the fact that the risk of monkeypox is common in areas where the disease is rarely reported, Ghebreyesus stressed it is preventable for now.
Previously, the WHO said that in countries where monkeypox had never occurred, no deaths had been recorded so far. However, in countries where monkeypox is endemic, the number of cases and deaths continues to rise.
Countries where monkeypox is endemic include Cameroon, Central Africa, DR Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where monkeypox was recently reported. in animals. Of the first 7 countries listed, 66 deaths from monkeypox were recorded in the first 5 months of 2022.
WHO convened an online meeting with over 500 experts and 2,000 participants to discuss and share knowledge about monkeypox as well as research priorities. Experts emphasize the need to conduct clinical studies on monkeypox vaccines and treatments, as well as studies on the epidemiology and transmission of the virus.
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